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Feedback Invited: Strategic Plan - Teaching and Programs Aspiration

The Teaching and Programs Aspiration Planning Committee for the University Strategic Plan invites you to provide feedback online by clicking this link - your feedback is anonymous and confidential.   


Call for Papers: Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference at Bryn Mawr College
May 22 – 23, 2019

This conference provides a forum for faculty, staff, and students to share resources, techniques, findings, and experiences regarding blended learning; the call for proposals is open till Feb 25, 2019. All topics related to blended learning in the liberal arts are welcome. Past participants have indicated interest in presentations that focus on process as well as product, give hands-on practical advice and implementation tips, and/or show methods and techniques over time.
VITAL is pleased to support conference registration for faculty whose proposals are accepted. 
Link to conference site


VITAL Holiday Celebration

Join us on Wed, December 12 between 4:00 - 5:30p.m. to celebrate the Holiday season, take a well-deserved break, and chat with colleagues over hot cider and cookies. We will be in St. Rita's beautiful and festive Community Room.

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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.


2018-2019 Instructional Minigrant Awardees

Christa Bialka, Education & Counseling; Sheryl Bowen, Communication and Jens Karlsson, Mechanical Engineering; Henry Carter, Computing Sciences; Markus Kreuzer, Political Science; Thomas Ksiazek, Communication; Michael Posner, Mathematics and Statistics; Jennifer Ross and Colleen Meakim, M. Louis Fitzpatrick College of Nursing; Rachel Skrlac Lo and Terence Yee, Education & Counseling; Yimin Zhang, Mathematics & Statistics

We congratulate the colleagues who have received minigrant awards and wish them the best as they work on their teaching projects, centered on engaged student learning, this summer.

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Building a Tougher Student: Applying the Research on Intellectual Development (Webinar)

M. Bridges, Duquesne University and M. Norman, University of Pittsburgh, March 2018

This webinar distinguishes the characteristics of growth vs. fixed mindset and identifies four key stages of intellectual development. It applies the research on intellectual development to teaching and aims to help faculty promote foster a growth mindset and facilitate stronger thinking skills in their students.

Link to webinar and resources; please enter the password: tougher81
Accessible until 1/29/19.

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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.

Morning Mentor: Promoting Academic Integrity Improves Students’ Learning Outcomes
Link to program - Access code: outcomes229
Link to more details - Access 24/7 in the office, on mobile device, at home from 12/10-12/16

VITAL Holiday Celebration
Wed, December 12, St. Rita's Hall, Community Room

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

New Faculty Program, Part 2
Thu, January 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Link to 2018 program details for reference

SAVE THE DATE:  2019 Teaching & Learning Strategies
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Link to 2018 Program


17th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
January 9-10, 2019
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Association of American Colleges & Universities
Engaged Inclusivity:  Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations

March 28-30, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
Link to details

Blended Learning in Liberal Arts Conference
May 22-23, 2019
Bryn Mawr, 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