News, Events, Annual Report

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Participation Rubric Repository - Link
Features rubrics that help gauge students' participation in face-to-face, blended, and online instructional context; the rubrics were developed by Villanova faculty and have been posted with permission. Please contact the faculty colleagues for discussion, questions regarding implementation, and/or further information.

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Master Class with Dr. Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, on“ Confessions of a Converted Lecturer” (recorded session). Prof. Mazur is world-renowned as a leader in science education, and has documented his innovative approach to teaching in the book, Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual. Prof. Mazur won the first ever Minerva Prize, an award recognizing his decades of innovation in the classroom and the significant impact he has had on the learning experiences of thousands of students.

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Professional Instructional Development Opportunity Close to Home: 13th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence at Temple University, January 8, 2015

This regional conference on issues pertaining to learning and teaching in higher education provides a great forum to exchange teaching practices and ideas with colleagues; the event has been well reviewed by Villanova faculty members who attended in past years. The sessions are practice-based, research-supported and provide excellent ideas for enriching the teaching and learning process. Link to conference site.

Opportunity: VITAL is pleased to support a team of up to ten faculty colleagues across disciplines to attend the conference; VITAL will pay your conference registration fee; all other expenses would be your responsibility.

Caveat: Sponsored faculty members are asked to share with the Villanova teaching community a conference take-away: brief digitally recorded description and/or demonstration of teaching practice that supports student learning and participation mini “unconference” during early spring semester 2015.

If you are interested in attending this conference, please send email to Gabriele Bauer by Monday, December 1.

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Webcast: Designing Engaging Online Courses for Adult Learners
To watch a recording of this webcast, visit - the recording will be available until December 23, 2014.
Download a copy of the presentation materials.

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.

VITAL resources for new and continuing faculty, Library News Blog, 9-2-2014

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 VITAL Minigrant Award Recipients (PDF listing of grant recipients).      

Food for Thought Lunch Discussions
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12th Annual PA/DE/NJ Distance/e-Learning/ED
Tech Conference & Expo

West Chester University - West Chester, PA
December 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Link to Conference website

Teaching and Learning with Techology Symposium
Wilmington University - New Castle, DE
January 8, 2015
Link to registration

Lilly Spring International Conference - Bethesda, MD
May 28 - 31, 2015
The Call for Proposals is open now through December 15

Technology Conference for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Sykes Student Union
Thursday, May 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:

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