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2024 Teaching and Learning Strategies (TLS) Program, 5/15

The TLS program affords us the opportunity to come together as a teacher-scholar community to deepen, diversify, innovate our instructional practices. The program offers an engaging, collegial campus-wide forum to share teaching approaches that support students’ learning, exchange ideas, learn from and with each other. The keynote speakers, Dr. Ethan Mollick, and Dr. Lilach Mollick, will guide us in pedagogical considerations for A.I. and instruction. Faculty colleagues will facilitate concurrent sessions.

Program details and e-mail for questions/clarification


Meet Our Graduate Assistant

We welcome Ms. Mary Xu, graduate student in communication, to our team: “Building on my undergraduate degree in public relations and advertising, I am pursuing a master's degree specializing in these fields. My aspirations lie in starting a career in PR within the realms of fashion and entertainment. I am a powerhouse of creative energy, with tremendous organization skills, and a collaborative spirit. I bring strong communication and presentation skills, combined with a proficiency in digital communication, to the graduate assistant position and I’m looking forward to contributing to the team.”


Villanova Textbook Access Program 

Details and FAQs for students and faculty
Communication from Craig Wheeland, Senior Vice Provost for Academics, 2/19/24



Update on A.I. at Villanova University   

Teaching in the Age of A.I. Selected general and Villanova University resources
VITALITY: Strategies to consider if you suspect A.I. misuse in your course (2/24)

Communication from Randy Weinstein, Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning (VPTL) on 1/3/2024: Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has emerged as a transformative force profoundly influencing our daily lives.  It is becoming increasingly prevalent and...


Villanova's Next Generation Learning Management System  

Introducing Villanova's next generation learning management system (LMS), D2L Brightspace, a mobile-friendly LMS that supports modern pedagogical practices and teaching innovation. Villanova is building its Brightspace system and has started a website that shares timelines and pertinent information.

LMS Selection Update, VPTL communication, 10/23


VITALITY: VITAL Teaching Ideas with Focus on Mental Health

This two-part series highlights the importance of making mental health visible in their teaching and the steps faculty can take to make this a reality in their courses. It also offers sample dialogue that faculty might use to support students' mental well-being.

Part I: Making Mental Health Visible in Class
Part II: Talking with Students About Mental Health in Class

Access past VITALITY issues


Teaching Podcasts

Social Learning Amplified: Brings candid conversations with educators who are finding new ways to engage students inside and outside the class. Each episode will give you real-life examples and practical strategies you can put into practice in your own courses. Hosted by Eric Mazur, internationally recognized educational innovator in Social Learning and Peer Instruction.

Dead Ideas in Teaching and Learning: Guests share discoveries of “dead ideas”—ideas that are not true but that are often widely believed and embedded in the pedagogical choices we make. Hosted by Catherine Ross, CTL, Columbia University

Faculty Focus Live: Offers research-based teaching tips to boost your creativity and motivation hosted by Magna Publications. Current episode: Class adjurned: The importance of ending well 

Intentional Teaching with Derek Bruff: Aimed at faculty to help them develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching.

Tea for Teaching: Series of discussions of innovative and effective practices in teaching and learning. Hosted by State University of New York at Oswego.

Teaching in Higher Ed: Explores the art and science of being more effective at facilitating learning. Hosted by B. Stachowiak, Vangard University, CA.

On Cultivating Student Engagement in Higher Ed: Features faculty and course designers using creative approaches to enhance students' learning experiences and turn engagement "ON".  Hosted by Dr. Kathryn Berkow, University of Delaware.


Student Support Services

Faculty can now find all student support services on our campus unified on one website focused on supporting and elevating students, and assisting them in applying their learning through a multitude of academic services to support students in their academic success, wellbeing, and post-graduate careers. 


How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive, Chronicle of Higher Education

Want to reach all of your students? This guide considers how faculty can provide a learning environment and engage in communication that reaches all of their students. The teaching resource introduces key principles of Inclusive Teaching, offers ways to interact inclusively with students, provides approaches to Inclusive Course Design, and suggests ways to evaluate your inclusive teaching methods. Link to article.

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Self-Paced, Online Program: Making Your Course Accessible in LMS

As you are aware, accessibility is a critical factor in students' success. How can you check and ensure that your course materials are accessible? What do you need to consider? We invite you to take this online self-paced program, Making Your Course Accessible in LMS. Co-developed by VITAL and LSS, the program establishes the legal framework for accessibility in education, articulates why we need to address accessibility issues proactively in our courses, and demonstrates how to create ADA-compliant courses in LMS. Please click on course enrollment to enroll in this online program offered in Bridge. 
Link to more details


Villanova Policy Library

The Villanova Policy Library (VPL) assists faculty, staff and students in better understanding the many University policies and procedures. The University Compliance Office continues to feature compliance-related policies. For example, the Academic Integrity Policy sets expectations for honest academic work and provides for equitable administrative procedures to address suspected violations of Villanova’s Code of Academic Integrity. Access VPL through MyNova.


Innovative Teaching at Villanova 

Link to Innovative Teaching site

Morning Mentor - Week of 4/29-5/05
How Can I Use Multimedia Course Content to Create a Tutoring Library?
Password: tutoring83
Program details and Spring 2024 Monday Morning Mentor Schedule
Past Morning Mentor topics on Online Teaching (Transcripts are available)

Teaching and Learning Strategies Program
Wed., May 15  |  Bartley Hall
Agenda at a glance - Detailed agenda
Program details

VSICJS Cross-Disciplinary Sustainability Curriculum Development Workshop
Mon., - Tue., May 20 - 21
Curley Exchange, Bartley Hall
The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26.
Sponsor: Villanova Strategic Initiative for Climate, Justice, and Sustainability (VSICJS)

Race, Justice & Dialogue Institute (RJDI) Training 2024
May 20-23, 2024
Sponsor: ODEI

Program for Full-Time Faculty Newly-Appointed to Villanova
Mon., August 19 - Tue., August 20, 2024
Link to last year's agenda for reference


The 2024 Teaching Professor Annual Conference
June 7-9, 2024
New Orleans, LA

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Conferences:
OLC Innovate 2024
Virtual April 23-25, 2024

OLC Accelerate 2024 Conference
Call for Proposals
Orlando, FL: November 18-21, 2024

OLC Innovate 2025 Conference
Nashville, TN: April 1-4, 2025

OLC Accelerate 2025 Conference
Orlando, FL: November 17-20, 2025

OLC Innovate 2026 Conference
Dallas, TX: April 14-17, 2026

OLC Accelerate 2026 Conference
Orlando, FL: November 16-19, 2026

Lilly Conferences:
May 20-22, 2024
Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning
DoubleTree - Austin, TX

August 5-7, 2024
Innovative Strategies to Advance Learning
DoubleTree by Hilton, Biltmore - Asheville, NC

Lilly-Traverse City
October 9-11, 2024
Advancing Teaching and Learning
Park Place Hotel - Traverse City, MI

November 21-23, 2024
Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning
Miami University, Oxford, OH

Lilly-San Diego
January 9-11, 2025
Teaching for Active & Engaged Learning
DoubleTree - San Diego, CA

AAC&U Conferences:
2024 Conference on Global Learning
October 24-26, 2024
Westing, Washington, DC Downtown
Washington, DC

Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference
November 7-9, 2024
Arlington, VA
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport Hotel

AERA Annual Conference
"Research, Remedy, and Repair: Toward Just Education Renewal"
April 23-27, 2025
Denver, CO

Annual Reports

The annual reports detail the services and programs that VITAL provided to the Villanova academic community to support high quality teaching and learning environments. The central goal of all VITAL services is to facilitate dialogue and interaction among faculty who share common curricular and/or pedagogical interests.

VITAL works 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 discussions 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:

* annualreportvitalweb1718.pdf
Annual Report 2017-2018