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!

Tuesday, January 26 or Wednesday, January 27, 2015
Room 205 - 2nd Floor, Falvey Library
Ebbs and Flows of the Semester: Implications for Teaching and Learning

We recognize that we begin the semester on a different note than we end it, we may experience swings in our emotions. Early weeks hold promise. By mid-semester we realize that the earlier optimism may not be realized, we may feel discouraged. As the course nears its end and deadlines approach, we recommit as stress levels increase. How can we effectively work with the ebbs and flows of the semester? How can we help our students do so?
Join us to discuss how you might have experienced the semester’s ebbs and flows, how you might have maintained the optimism of early weeks, revitalized the class during its mid-semester blues, and ended with a feeling of accomplishment, pride, and satisfaction.
Link to registration

Save the Date: Upcoming Spring 2016 Dates:
February 17 (Wed) or 18 (Thu)
Guest Speakers: Friend or Foe?
March 14 (Mo) or 15 (Tue)
Death by PowerPoint Revisited
April 6 (Wed) or 7 (Thu)
What's Your Teaching Persona?


We invite your suggestions for topics.
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Materials from Fall 2015 Discussions:

Is the Lecture on the Way Out?
When should we lecture? Oct. 2014
Effective Lecturing, 2010

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.

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