News, Events, Annual Report

MOOC on Flipped Classroom in Undergraduate Teaching - Now Enrolling - MOOC starts, August 31

Professional instructional development opportunity for faculty: Free, six-week, online course entitled Teaching Flipped offered through Canvas Network. The course has a STEM focus; its content is applicable across disciplines.

MOOC description: Find out more about what it takes to flip your class, and work through the process step-by-step with instructors at the University of Utah. Topics include the basics of the flipped classroom, creating of video lectures, planning active learning face to face (F2F) experiences, and taking the leap to fully flip!  For more information and to register:

We hope you may be able to participate, your schedule permitting. Please to let me know that you have signed up: I’d like to bring faculty participants in the MOOC together during and/or following the course for a Villanova-based discussion. 

Grant Awards 2015-2016 - Special Internal Grant on Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

With generous support from the Office of the President

VITAL thanks the members of the interdisciplinary grant review committee for their exemplary service, and we are pleased to announce the following grant recipients:

Hibba Abugideiri, History and Etienne Achille, Romance Languages and Literatures - France, North Africa & Modern Violence
Lowell Gustafson, Political Science - Origins
Anthony Lagalante, Chemistry and Timothy McCall, Art History (History Department) - Italian Renaissance Art through the Lens of Science

Interdisciplinary Grant Review Committee Members for 2015-2016
Garrett Clayton, Mechanical Engineering
Amanda Grannas, Chemistry
James Klingler, Management and Operations
Ruth McDermott Levy, Nursing
Billie Murray, Communication
to Peer Review Form (PDF)


Join us for a virtual cup of coffee at the Faculty Online Café to exchange teaching experiences with Villanova faculty colleagues, keep your teaching fresh, collaborate on effective practices, generate new ideas for teaching face-to-face, blended, and online, discuss current topics, and learn about teaching-related events at Villanova. To access the Faculty Café, go to, select the university seal to sign in, and click Faculty Online Café. The Faculty Café replaces the Teaching-Talk, email discussion list for Villanova faculty.

New Faculty:What Works Wednesday and/or Teaching Tips Thursday
Reflect on, innovate your teaching based on colleagues feedback and Lang's book, On Course
Third Wednesday during lunchtime and/or the third Thursday morning of the month.
Vasey Hall, Room 106

Faculty Fridays
Sponsor:  Faculty Congress
Third Friday afternoon of the month 
Presidents' Lounge, Connelly Center

Engagement for Deeper Learning
with Dr. Todd Zakrajsek
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Monday, September 28, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. or
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Dougherty Hall, East Lounge

Midterm Grades:
  When and How
Review topics regarding entering grades with the Office of the Registrar
Wednesday, September 30, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Falvey Library, Room 204
Thursday, October 1, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Falvey Library, Room 205

New and Recently Hired Faculty Research Orientation Workshop
Friday, October 23
Noon - 5:00 p.m. Location TBD

Forum on Assessment of Student Learning
Friday, October 30, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dougherty Hall, East Lounge

Mindfulness Meditation: 
Benefits for Teaching and Learning

Thursday, November 5, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
Falvey Library, Room 204

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Food for Thought - Fall 2015
Please reserve the following dates:

Wednesday, September 16 or Thursday, September 17
Tuesday, October 27 or Wednesday, October 28
Tuesday, December 1 or Wednesday, December 2

Discussion topics will be forthcoming.
Link to past discussion articles, materials, and resources.

Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
September 9-11, 2015
Link to Conference website

The Teaching Professor Technology Conference
New Orleans, LA
October 2-4, 2015

The Online Learning Consortium Conference
Orlando, FL
October 14-16, 2015
Link to conference website

Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education
Seattle, WA
November 12-14, 2015
Link to conference website

Annual Report 2013-2014 (PDF File)

This Annual Report details the services that VITAL provided to the Villanova academic community to support quality pedagogical and learning environments during the programming year of August 2013 – July 2014. The core goal of all VITAL services is to facilitate dialogue and interaction among faculty who share common curricular and/or pedagogical interests.

VITAL continues to utilize various means to ensure that services are aligned with Villanova’s mission, academic priorities, interests and needs of the academic community: e.g., University and Colleges’ strategic plans, formal feedback data, and conversations with the faculty advisory board. We welcome your suggestions and program ideas; please stop by the VITAL office at 106 Vasey Hall or send e-mail to:

Our Address

Vasey Hall 106
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.5627

VITAL Services
VITAL Programs
materials and library
Food for Thought Discussions
VITALINKS Online Resources
VITAL Minigrants
Teaching and Learning Strategies