News, Events, Annual Report

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VITAL Minigrants Program 2018-2019: Call for Proposals by Mon, March 26, 5:00p.m.

The purpose of these internal instructional grants is to support full-time Villanova faculty members in fostering advances in undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning at Villanova, implementing the University’s and Colleges’ educational goals, and exploring the use of new instructional strategies. 
NOTE. Fifty percent of the funds available for 2018-2019 instructional grant projects will be allocated to enrich graduate courses and/or programs.

2018-2019 Call for Proposals (PDF)

Contact Dr. Gabriele Bauer, Ext. 9-5627 or email to discuss proposal ideas before submitting a full proposal. Further information and resources for proposal development 

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Dr. Valentina DeNardis Serves as VITAL Faculty Associate this Spring  

Dr. DeNardis, Director, Classical Studies Program, will present workshops on Office 365 Tools. Learn about how you can use these tools to enhance teaching, student advising, and program administration. Dr. DeNardis is available to visit department meetings or meet individually with faculty or staff. A Microsoft Surface Tablet is available for faculty/staff to borrow to try our digital inking.

Further program information; Applications for 2018-2019 appointments until February 23.

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Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Romaine on the Publication of her New Book, Write Arabic Now!

Dr. Romaine, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, began to develop her book based on a VITAL minigrant award in 2015-2016. Dr. Romaine produced a set of original materials in the form of a tracing workbook, with accompanying audio component, that enabled beginning students of Arabic to learn more easily how to write Arabic script. The workbook was piloted in Basic Arabic I, and refined in subsequent courses. 

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Faculty Sponsorship for Conference on Teaching Excellence, Temple University, 1/10/2018

VITAL supported the following team of ten faculty colleagues to attend the regional conference: Ben Baker and Sarah Faggioli, Romance Languages & Literatures; Meredith Bergey, Sociology & Criminology; Patrick Kirby, Mechanical Engineering; Ian Maley, Philosophy; Helene Moriarty, Jennifer Ross, and Anne Schneider, College of Nursing; Elizabeth Pantesco, Psychology; and Rebecca Rivard, Biology. The sponsored faculty will share with the Villanova teaching community a conference take-away as part of the TLS program in May 2018.
Link to conference site
Link to past sponsored faculty

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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-CIT.

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Use Controversial Issues to Build Cognitive Skills in My Students?
Mon, February 12 - Sun, February 19
to program description
to program and handouts
: Password to view the program: buildskills7142

Food For Thought
Managing the "Overwhelm:" Taking Care of Yourself
Wed, February 14 or Thu, February 15
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 206 Falvey
Link to register by February 13
Save the Date
March 20 & 21, April 25 & 26, 206 Falvey

OFFICE 365 TOOLS WORKSHOPS with Dr. DeNardis, VITAL Faculty Associate
OneNote Class Notebook and Microsoft Teams for Class Collaboration
Fri, February 16, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - 205 Falvey
Thu, February 22, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - online via Zoom - link to join the online session
Link to workshop information (PDF)
Link to register

Create more inclusive classrooms with Microsoft Office tools, 2018
Increased student engagement with Microsoft teams, 2018

March Workshop: Sway and Microsoft Forms for Online Presentations and Assessment
Fri, March 16, 205 Falvey - Link to register
April Workshop: Class Notebook for Student Advising and OneNote Staff Notebook and Microsoft Teams for Program Administration
Fri, April 20 - SAC 300 - Link to register

VITAL Faculty Associate Program Applications 2018-2019 by February 23
Link to program details

VITAL Minigrant Program 2018-2019: Call for Proposals by March 26
Call for Proposals (RFP)
Grant Proposal Peer Review Form (PDF)
Link to resources for proposal development

Teaching and Learning Strategies at Villanova
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Bartley Hall
Link to details

Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference
Proposals due 2/15/18

May 23 - 24, 2018
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Link to details

Lilly Conference - Designing Effective Teaching

May 31 - June 3, 2018
Bethesda, MD
Link to conference details
Link to Call for Proposals - Due February 15

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