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University COVID-19 Updates

You find all pandemic-related university communications on the University’s COVID-19 webpage. We encourage you to check the page regularly to find the information you seek all in one place.


Student Early Term Feedback for Course-Enhancement Purposes (weeks 4-6) 

It's the time of the semester to ask students for formative feedback (enhancement-based) on their learning experiences in your course. The process opens up dialogue about learning between students and faculty and affirms student responsibility in this process. Formative feedback is particularly important in online, hybrid learning as these require greater responsibility and executive funtioning skills on the students' part.  Link to sample feedback form and details on online delivery.  


"Help! I'm Moving My Course Online!" - Practical Advice

This Magna online seminar, presented by Dr. Wren Millis, experienced online instructor with the Dept. of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research at Western Kentucky University, outlines practice-based key ideas to move a course online. You will gain ideas and suggestions that you can apply immediately to your course.
Link to view the on-demand video with captioning; to access, you will need the following password:  advice238

academic success

Planning for Students' Success: Academic Support Services-Informational Videos

Villanova offers a multitude of academic services to support students in their academic success, wellbeing, and post-graduate careers. Use/link to these personalized, brief videos to bring these services to your students' attention and encourage them to engage with them.
Link to videos


Teaching Guidance: Fall Semester

Please refer to the following workshop recordings and materials in your remote teaching.


Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast

This highly rated podcast provides a forum where faculty can explore and learn more about pertinent topics on teaching in support of students' learning and issues pertaining to faculty work life. With over 270 episodes, it familiarizes you with research, current thinking, and teaching innovation in higher education.
Link to podcast #314: Culturally responsive online teaching
Link to all podcasts
Link to top 19 episodes in 2019


Making Your Course Accessible in LMS

If you are interested in accessibility in education and implementing principles of Universal Design in teaching via LMS, we invite you to join this online self-paced workshop - Making Your Course Accessible in LMS. Co-developed by VITAL and LSS, the workshop will explore what is the legal framework for accessibility in education, why do we need to address accessibility issues proactively in your course, and how to create ADA-compliant courses in LMS. Please fill the registration form and you will be added to the workshop.
Link to more details


QPR Training

Villanova University offers QPR Training – Question, Persuade, Refer. QPR is a Suicide Prevention Tool that anyone can learn and use. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught Gatekeeper Training in the world. 

Training Opportunities: Villanova has many trainers available to provide a 60- to 90-minute QPR training for you or your department or group of staff and/or students.
to detailed training information


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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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.

Morning Mentor: Migrating to OER in Your Courses
Access 24/7 in your office, on your mobile device, or at home from 9/14 to 9/20
Link to program; Password: migrate647
Link to more details;
Past Morning Mentor topics on Online Teaching (Only transcripts are available)

Virtual Workshops: Engaging Students via Zoom
1) Breakout Rooms on Tuesday, September 15, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
2) Screen Sharing, Chat, Polling, Whiteboard, Annotation, and More on Wednesday, September 16, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. 
Workshops will be held via Zoom
RSVP by September 14

Virtual Workshops on Assessment
1) Creating Effective Online Assessment on Tuesday, September 22, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
2) Academic Integrity and Accessibility Consideration in Assessment on Wednesday, September 23, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. 
Workshops will be held via Zoom
RSVP by September 21

Virtual Food For Thought - Fall 2020

Formative, Early-Term Student Feedback
Wed., September 16,  11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. or
Thurs., September 17, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Link to register by Sept. 15 - Link to details

Tues, October 13, 12:45 -1:45 p.m. or
Wed., October 14, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Digital Research Methods and Scholarly Publishing Demo and Discussion Series
Fall 2020

Sponsered by Falvey Memorial Library and Office of the Provost
Link to programs

Outstanding Research at Villanova
September 14, Noon-3:00 p.m.
Zoom Room Link

Sponsors: Falvey Memorial Library, Office of the Provost, and Center for Research and Fellowships
Link to details

Lilly-Online Conference Travel Fellowship for Newly-Appointed, Full-Time Faculty
Will open in mid-October
Conference dates: November 3 - December 4
Focus on Enhancing Online, On-Site, and Hybrid Teaching and Learning 
Link to application

Supporting First Generation College Students 
November 11, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Krista Malott, Associate Professor in Education & Counseling
Event details and to register, click here
Sponsor: Office for Undergraduate Students, CLAS


Association of American Colleges and Universities
Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers

October 8-10, 2020
Miami, FL
Link to details

Lilly-Online Teaching Conference
November 30 - December 4
Focus on Enhancing Online, On-Site, and Hybrid Teaching and Learning 
Link to details

Association of American Colleges and Universities
Transforming STEM Higher Education

November 5-7, 2020
Crystal City, VA
Link to details

Call for Proposals: 2021 Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence
January 6-7, 2021
Link to details

Annual Reports

The annual reports detail the services and programs that VITAL provided to the Villanova academic community to support high quality teacching 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