News, Events, Annual Report

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Teaching and Learning Strategies (TLS) Program 
May 15, 9:30a.m.–4:00p.m., Bartley Hall

The TLS program offers a stimulating campus-wide forum to share teaching practices, exchange ideas with colleagues, and plan for the new academic year.
Link to detailed agenda 
Link to program details
Questions, please contact:

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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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eLearning 3.0 Conference at The University of the Sciences of Philadelphia
May 14, 2019

The Northeast E-Learning Consortium in partnership with The University of the Sciences of Philadelphia is inviting registration for the eLearning 3.0 Conference, an annual event showcasing technology to enhance teaching and learning in higher education. The theme of this year's conference is The Future of Learning Platforms. 
Link to conference site

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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.

Morning Mentor: How Can I Plan (or Revise) My Courses More Efficiently?
Link to details - Access 24/7 in the office, on mobile device, at home
Dates: Mon, 5/13 to Sun, 5/19; Access Code: revise123

VITAL Faculty Mentor and Mentee Breakfast
Fri, May 3, 2019, 9:00-10:30a.m.
Doughery Hall, East Lounge
Link to details

Faculty Reading Circle on J. Lang's Small Teaching
Fri, May 3, 2019
Connelly Center, Devon Room
For faculty who have participated in the reading circle in Fall 2018. 

Registration Open: 2019 Teaching & Learning Strategies Program
May 15, 9:30a.m.–4:00p.m., Bartley Hall
Link to online registration form - please register by Wed, May 8
Link to detailed agenda 
Link to TLS program details 

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

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


eLearning 3.0 Conference 
May 14, 2019
The University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Link to details

Blended Learning in Liberal Arts Conference
May 22-23, 2019
Bryn Mawr, PA
Link to details

23rd Annual RECAP Conference 2019
May 16, 2019
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Link to Call for Proposals

Lilly Conference on the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching
May 30 - June 2, 2019
Bethesda, MD
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