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An Advice 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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Open House Sessions for Faculty Ombudsperson Candidates

All are invited to participate in one or more of the 45-minute Open House sessions for candidates for the new Faculty Ombudsperson position. Please RSVP or just join us.
Mon 3/11, 10.30 – 11.15 am, SAC 300: Candidate #1, Meg Willoughby
Wed 3/13, 1.15 – 2.00 pm, West Lounge, Dougherty Hall: Candidate #2, Nancy Giacomini
Wed 3/20, 2.30 – 3.15 pm, SAC 300: Candidate #3, John Immerwahr 

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Best Practices for Course Material Adoption, March 12

A growing body of research points to the deleterious impact of costly course materials on student outcomes. This session familiarizes faculty with cost saving course materials selection and available resources and support. The program is facilitated by Falvey Library staff and Bernadette Mania, Course Materials Manager, University Bookstore.
March 12, 1:00 - 1:45p.m., Room 2015, Falvey Library - Register here

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Call for Proposals: VITAL Minigrant Program 2019-2020

VITAL invites applications for its Minigrant program with a submission deadline of Monday, March 18, 5:00p.m.
Please contact Gabriele Bauer at 9-5627 or via e-mail to discuss your instructional project ideas prior to submitting a full proposal.  

Link to Call for Proposals (PDF)
Link to Cover Page Template (.doc) and link to Budget Page Template (.doc)
Link
to instructional grant program details

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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: Cultivating Student Feedback for Course Improvement
Link to details - Access 24/7 in the office, on mobile device, at home
Dates: Mon, 3/18 to Sun, 3/24; Access Code: improve224

Open House Sessions for Faculty Ombudsperson Candidates
Mon 3/11, 10.30 – 11.15 am, SAC 300: Candidate #1, Meg Willoughby
Wed 3/13, 1.15 – 2.00 pm, West Lounge, Dougherty Hall: Candidate #2, Nancy Giacomini
Wed 3/20, 2.30 – 3.15 pm, SAC 300: Candidate #3, John Immerwahr 
RSVP or just join us

Food for Thought Discussions: Teaching with Case Studies
Fri, March 15 with Dr. Mary Kelly, Economics
11:30a.m.-12:45p.m., Falvey, Room 206
Link to program details
RSVP by Thu, 3/14

SAVE THE DATE:
April 24 & 25: Teaching Small Classes

VITAL Minigrant Program 2019-2020
Call for Proposals closes Monday, March 18 at 5:00p.m.
Link to CFP (PDF)
Link to program details

Faculty Reading Circle on J. Lang's Small Teaching
Fri, March 29, 2019
2:45-4:00p.m.
Vasey Hall, Room 208
For faculty who have participated in the reading circle in Fall 2018. 

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

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

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

CONFERENCES

Association of American Colleges & Universities
Engaged Inclusivity:  Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations

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

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

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: vitalinfo@villanova.edu.

* vitalannualreport0614.pdf
Annual Report 2013-2014