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Purdue University is a public university founded in 1869 as a land-grant college.
It ranks among the 20 largest colleges and universities in the country.

Mary E. Hopper attended and obtained all of her degrees from Purdue University.
The page below outlines those degrees and her many activities while there.

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction (1993)
Specializations in Educational Computing, Instructional Design
Dissertation: Educational courseware production in advanced computing environments
David Ross Fellow, Courseware Production in Advanced Computing Environments (1993)
Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Conducted a doctoral study designed to explore how issues from older educational computing projects became intertwined with new problems during courseware projects in distributed computing environments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brown University and Purdue University. Interviews with 19 participants and content from documents were used to construct a model describing relationships among educational goals, technical characteristics, and organizational structures.
Hopper, M. E. (1993). Expert's views about courseware development in advanced computing environments [Abstract]. In H. Maurer (Ed.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 93 - Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 607.
These are two large projects Mary Hopper created late in her career at Purdue.
They were successfully posted on the web by the time she left Purdue in 1993.
Purdue University Information System (PUIS)
Education Information System (EDIS)
Project Manager, Engineering Specific Career-planning and Problem-solving Environment (1989-1993)
Engineering Research and Information Systems, Freshman Engineering
Served as project manager and developer of an engineering career information system organized around engineering disciplines. The system included information on specific careers, plans of study available at Purdue University (including all engineering course descriptions), as well as descriptions of key organizations and publications. A unique aspect of the system was the inclusion of sample problem-solving exercises to help users to differentiate and understand the nature of specific fields of engineering. Managed the successful conversion of the HyperCard version of the project into a networked version viewable in HyperNews or a Mosaic browser. Assisted with project evaluation regarding both the experimental course and the role of the system within that course over three years. Also assisted in writing a number of successful proposals to internal groups and external funding agencies including the National Science Foundation.
Co-Instructor, ENGR 195C: Engineering Career Development
Supported the implementation of ESCAPE within the context of a special experimental section of a engineering career development and guidance course required for all freshman engineering majors at Purdue University. Received 1992 Magoon Award for Teaching in Engineering in recognition of the highly successful implementation of this project.

Hopper, M. E., LeBold, W. K., Feghali, A. A. (1991). A hypermedia-based problem solving approach to engineering, learning, working, and playing. Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings, 73-78.
LeBold, W. K., Hopper, M. E., Feghali, A. A. (1991). A hypermedia solution to a hyper problem: Personalized computer engineering career system. In ASEE-IEEE Annual Conference Proceedings: Educational Research and Methods Division, 482-488.
Researcher and Project Manager, Apple-Head Start Logo Word World's Project (1989-1993)
Participated in an Apple funded research directed by Dr. Robert W. Lawler. Held primary responsibility for analysis and reporting of data from a pilot study designed to demonstrate the feasibility of using Logo micro-worlds for introducing pre-reading to children at Lafayette Head Start. Coordinated tutoring and data collection of graduate students working on the project. Led aspect of the project concerned with producing software based emulations of the Apple hardware based TI 99 Sprite-Logo System. Demonstrations were made in Macromind Director, HyperCard and Object Logo. Programmed a HyperCard version. Also wrote the report delivered to Apple at the conclusion of the project.
Hopper, M. E. and Lawler, R. W. (1997). A progress report for the Head Start-Apple Logo Project. In R. W. Lawler (Ed.), Learning and computing: A dual-medium book (pp. 36-40). UK: Intellect Books.
Hopper, M. E. and Lawler, R. W. (1991, August). Pre-Readers' Word Worlds: Results of experiences with young children and new directions. Poster session at the thirteenth annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Evanston, IL.
Instructor, EDCI 562:Educational Applications of Logo (1993)
Taught a graduate level course for teachers. Guided student's participation in lab exercises that provided hands-on experience with various versions of the Logo language and Lego/Logo materials.
Instructor, EDCI 460: Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning (1990-1992)
Taught the lab component of an introductory course about the appraisal, utilization, and evaluation of software and hardware in education. Completed an extensive revision of the lab manual.

M.S. Educational Psychology, Specialization in Evaluation and Research Methods (1989)
Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Co-Instructor, ED 524: Classroom Tests and Measurements (1988-1989)
Assisted Kathryn Linden with instruction in an advanced graduate course about developing, analyzing, and interpreting measures of educational achievement. Presented lectures, directed labs and graded examinations.

Course Coordinator, ED 285: Educational Psychology (1986-1989)
Assisted the course director, Dr. Kathryn Linden, with managing instruction and evaluation for a required multi-section undergraduate course which employed 10 graduate instructors and served approximately 350 students each semester. Coordinated the construction of three norm-referenced tests made by course instructors under the supervision of the course director. Compiled an extensive test item data bank with 10 years of detailed item analysis data. The resulting tests were very similar to the ETS's National Teaching Exam. Taught one or two sections of the course per semester. Oversaw course labs structured around extensive small group problem solving exercises. Supervised two or three undergraduate course assistants each semester.

Program Coordinator, Super Saturday/Summer (1987-1989)
Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI)
Served a number of roles within an organization that provided special 18 hour courses to gifted and talented youth with IQ 115+ or achievement above the 90th percentile. Assisted the program director with teacher supervision and evaluation. Produced a resource manual for use by future coordinators of the Super Saturday/Summer program.
Designed, taught and evaluated the three-hour Super Saturday Workshop for Teachers on creating differentiated units for gifted and talented students. Participation in the workshop was required of all instructors.
Designed, taught and evaluated two classes intended to serve as demonstration courses as well as permanent additions to the regular offerings of the program. Creative Thinking (K-2), Inventions (K-2)
Designed and taught a number of other courses.
Preparation for the SAT (7-12) [5 Sections]
Astronomy (3-6) [2 Sections]
Young Astronauts (K-2) [2 Sections]
Creative Writing (4-6) [1 Section]

Assistant Editor, Purdue Creative Thinking Program, Third Edition (1987-1988)
Assisted Dr. John F. Feldhusen with the revision of materials distributed with an audio program that was designed to encourage the development of Torrence's creative thinking skills of fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration. Directed proofreading and re-editing of scripts, exercises, lesson summaries, directions, bibliographies and reference materials distributed with the audio tapes. Completed biographical research, script writing, and editing of two lessons in the series (George Washington Carver and Wilma Rudolph).
Coordinator, Purdue Mentor Program (1986-1987)
Administered mentor program for exceptionally gifted and talented students. Planned and directed orientation sessions for 20 mentors and 90 participants. Complied a program evaluation report.

B.A. English and Education, Concentration Psychology (1985)
Department of English, School of Humanities, Social Science and Education
Bibliographic Researcher, Humanities, Social Science and Education Library (1984-1985)
Provided original cataloging for the Gift Book Collection of the Purdue University Libraries. Determined current status of books for purposes of evaluation. Supervised by L. Kovacs, Head Librarian
Library Assistant, Humanities, Social Science and Education Library (1981-1984)
Worked in Technical Services Department shelving periodical, reference, and general collections. Participated in relocating all books during the major library renovation. Supervised by Barbara Penzelik, Associate Librarian
Course Assistant, ENGL 420: Business Writing (1982-1984)
Organized materials for instructors in a multi-section course lead by Dr. Jeanne Halpern that served about 1,500 Purdue students in about 75 sections per year. The course focused on rhetorical principles and writing practices necessary for producing effective business communications and included extensive curriculum about how to write proposals and reports. The materials that were organized later became the original documents used in the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

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