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!

Week of November 30

To Stand Behind the Lectern, Alongside, or Without it--Is the Lecture on the Way Out?

The wooden lectern has continued to symbolize lecturing, a term that has become “less favored” in higher education. In a recent NY Times article more lecture was proposed and less active learning. One argument affirmed lecture courses as exercises in active listening and attention building, a mental workout that counteracts the rubbish of nonstop social media. Why is lecturing pitted against active learning? Why has the increased focus on learning translated into abandoning the lecture? Does lecturing hold a place in students’ learning?

How might you advocate? How might you decide when to lecture? Join us to discuss this timely, important, and ever-surfacing topic. 

Link to NY Times article, Oct. 17, 2015
Link to Faculty Focus, When should we lecture? Oct. 2014

Date and Location: 12-01 or 12-02
Idea Accelerator,
Ground Level, Falvey Library
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Please RSVP by 11-30

Mark Your Calendar for Spring 2016 Dates:
January 26 or 27
February 17 or 1
March 14 or 15 or
April 6 or 7

Materials from Fall 2015 Discussions:

Student Presentations:  Who Do They Benefit?
Relevant articles, The Teaching Professor:
Pechakucha – 2014 Benefit Listeners – 2012  Helping Students Find Their Voices - Faculty Focus
Nilson, L. Helping students help each other: Making peer feedback more valuable
Sample Student Presentation Rubrics: Rubric 1   Rubric 2
Process for Group-Presentations, Georg Theiner, Philosophy
Free, research-based, online peer evaluation instrument that assesses group dynamics: CATME.org

Materials from Spring 2015 Discussions:

The Last Day of Class: Reflective Endings for Continued Learning”
Relevant articles, The Teaching Professor:
The last class: A critical course component 
The last class: A time for celebration and ritual
The end of the course: Another perspective

Formative Assessment for Meaningful Learning
Pertinent article: Rethinking formative assessments in HE

Snow Days Turned Opportune eLearning Days
Handout for Snow Day Options (PDF)

Alcohol and the College Experience: An Unbreakable Bond?
Handout with Villanova-specific data (PDF)
Related Reading: Chronicle of Higher Education, Alcohol’s hold on campus: Special report. December 1, 2014. Download the report.



We invite your suggestions for topics.
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