News, Events, Annual Report

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Thank You for Joining Us at the 2019 Teaching and Learning Strategies (TLS) Program 

We extend our sincere gratitude to all the presenters and participants-130 total-for contributing to a successful event! Happy planning for the upcoming fall; we look forward to supporting you. Have a great summer!
Link to panel: Supporting Students Facing Mental Health Challenges with P. Bradley, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing; N. Mott, Learning Support Services; J. Whitney, University Counseling Center, M. Kerbel, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning
Link to panel handouts

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Congratulations: 2019-2020 VITAL Minigrant Award Recipients

P. Chi, Mathematics & Statistics; T. Feeman, Mathematics & Statistics; S. Goldsmith, Geography & the Environment; M. Guron, Chemistry; K. Haymaker, Mathematics & Statistics; J. Hubler, Civil & Environmental Engineering; J. Koller, Mechanical Engineering; J. Lutes, English; S. Napier, Philosophy; R. Rivard, Biology and C. Brewer, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing; C. Schmidt, Education & Counseling; D. Seth, Mechanical Engineering; J. Toscano, Pysychological & Brain Sciences. 

We congratulate our colleagues and wish them the best as they implement their innovative teaching projects.

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Congratulations: 2019 Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows

Five members of our teaching community were awarded travel fellowships to participate in the Lilly Teaching Conference, May 30 - June 1. The Villanova team consists of: Vikram Kamat, Mathematics & Statistics; Esther Laury, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing; Thomas Umile, Chemistry; Ji Lang, doctoral candidate,  Mechanical Engineering, and Shan Tong, doctoral candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Link to Lilly Conference; Link to More Information

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Summer Course Reserves and Blackboard Scanning at Falvey Memorial Library

Course reserves are now being accepted for the Summer Term. Please drop off materials at your earliest convenience at the circulation desk or submit an online request by clicking on this link. Material that was on Course Reserve this year will be removed. Link to reserve guidelines
Questions, please contact or call 610-519-3899

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Using Bridge Questions to Teach Technical Content Online

How do we let students apply what they've learned? In this Faculty Focus article, two of our Villanova faculty introduced strategies of applying technical knowledge by using bridge questions. Faculty can use the questions to bridge the gap beteween technical content and practical situations in both synchronous and asynchronous online environments.
Link to Article

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Guide on How to Make Your Teaching More Engaging

Want to stimulate curiosity and excitement for your course? This Chronicle’s guide discusses research-based practices in introducing energy and enthusiasm to your classroom. It explains why you should care about enagement, presents four key principles of student engagement, and offers creative suggestions on how to put those principles into practice.

Link to Guide

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Faculty Video Provides Advice for Promoting Online Social Presence 

Want to know what social presence is and how to foster that in your online class? In the video entitled, "Promoting Social Presence in Online Courses," Villanova faculty share concrete experiences and recommendations for promoting social presence in online courses. 
The video was produced by VITAL. 

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Affordable Materials Project (AMP)  

Due to the high and rising costs of course materials, students face academic consequences and financial challenges. Part of the mission of Villanova’s Affordable Materials Project (AMP) is to provide faculty with resources and options for selecting high quality course materials while reducing the cost for students. Learn how you can help students by visiting the faculty page of the AMP website and view the AMP video, presenting student and faculty experiences.

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Faculty Video Provides Advice for Teaching Online  

In the video entitled, "Friendly Advice for Teaching Online," Villanova faculty share concrete experiences and recommendations for teaching online. Come and check it out!
The video was produced by VITAL and UNIT-IT.

New Faculty Program
August 20-21, 2019
Link to program information and last year's agenda

New Adjunct Faculty Program
August 21, 2019
6:00-9:00p.m., Bartley Hall, Room 3010
Link to program information and last year's agenda

Morning Mentor
Morning Mentor program is on summer break and will resume on Aug. 26, 2019. 
Link to Fall 2019 Schedule

Faculty Fridays 
Sponsor: Faculty Congress
First Friday afternoon of the month – President’s Lounge, Connelly


Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment
September 11-13, 2019
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Link to details

Annual Report 2013-2014

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:

* vitalannualreport0614.pdf
Annual Report 2013-2014