Food for Thought

Join us for lunch discussions on different aspects of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. The discussions are offered on two different days to accommodate your teaching schedule. They provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues across campus; there are no structured presentations or "experts."

Bring your lunch, your teaching stories, your ideas, successes, and challenges. We provide the venue and refreshments. Come any time between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., stay as long as you wish. Kindly RSVP in advance. We look forward to your joining the discussions!

Snow Days Turned Opportune eLearning Days
January 26 or 27, 204 Falvey Library, 11:30a.m. - 12:45p.m.

Please RSVP by 1-23 - Link to registration form

Last spring the Philadelphia region was hit with several perfect storms: lots of snow, road closures, cancelled classes. We were concerned about catching up and getting into the rhythm of the semester. How do we ensure continuous learning? How might we prepare for such incidents? Staying in touch with our students is critical – our guidance and plan for the course help students accept the situation and work with us. Online instruction greatly facilitates such communication and offers a platform for continuing the learning without disruption; we might record mini-lectures, create audio podcasts, utilize the discussion forum, hold chats, incorporate blogs. 

Join us to demonstrate examples, discuss pedagogically-based technology options, and get tips from others; laptop will be available.  Kevin Donahue, CIT will join the discussion - Faculty Technology Services, CIT

Teaching Professor articles:
Taking the tech out of technology
Online discussion strategies that create community

Spring Semester Food for Thought Dates:
February 18 or 19; March 24 or 25; April 13 or 14


We invite your suggestions for topics: gabriele.bauer@villanova.edu

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