News, Events, Annual Report

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Thank You to Dr. Stefan Perun for Serving as VITAL Faculty Mentor for eLearning

We express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Stefan Perun, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration, for sharing his expertise in online learning and teaching in partnership with VITAL. In his role as Faculty Mentor for eLearning for the past six semesters, Dr. Perun has supported Villanova faculty in developing and/or re-designing blended, and/or online courses for enriched student learning. Of note, he has been instrumental in the curricular design, instruction, and refinement of Taking Your Course Online, and he has developed the faculty video entitled, "Friendly Advice for Teaching Online." We thank him for generously contributing his practice-based expertise, his keen observations of students’ online experiences, and his great sense of humor.

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

VITAL is pleased to support the following team of nine faculty colleagues to attend this regional conference: Ben Baker and Sarah Faggioli, Romance Languages & Literatures; Meredith Bergey, Sociology & Criminology; 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.

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VITAL Welcomes New Associate Director for e-Learning Pedagogy

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Andy-Guoqiang Cui as Associate Director for e-Learning Pedagogy.  Before coming to Villanova, Dr. Cui worked as instructional designer at Virginia Tech, where he consulted with faculty on the design, development, implementation, and assessment of online, blended, and technology-enhanced face-to-face courses. He also managed course development projects and offered workshops to faculty across disciplines. Dr. Cui received his Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. His research focuses on effective online learning; specifically, developing online community of inquiry, online engagement, online students' learning experiences.

Please come by or contact Andy via e-mail with projects, suggestions, and/or questions pertaining to teaching with technology, hybrid, or online course design. Learn about Andy's background and role.

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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.

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Congratulations: 2017 Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows

Seven members of our teaching community were awarded travel fellowships to participate in the Lilly Teaching Conference, June 1-4. The Villanova team consisted of: Ben Baker, Romance Languages & Literatures; Laura Getz, Psychology; Emily Minbiole, Chemistry; Kabindra Shakya, Geography & the Environment; Albert Shin, Ethics; Qiuyun Wang and Guanglei Chen, doctoral students, Mechanical Engineering.
Travel Fellowship Details


Congratulations: 2017 VITAL Minigrant Awardees

We are honored to announce the 2017 Minigrant awardees: Paul Bernhardt, Mathematics & Statistics; Metin Duran & Wenqing. Xu, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Stacey Havlik, Education & Counseling; Bonnie Henderson, Geography & the Environment; Zuyi Huang, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Mary Kelly, Economics; Emily Minbiole & Scott Kassel, Chemistry; Eric Musselman, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Tracy Oliver & BingBing Qi, College of Nursing; Cristina Percoco & Kristen Turpin, Romance Languages & Literatures; Stephen Strader, Geography & the Environment.
We congratulate the minigrant recipients and wish them the best as they implement their teaching projects. 

Grant Program Details and Instructional Grant Projects

Monday Morning Mentor 
How Can I Make My Exams More About Learning, Less About Grades?
Accessible 24/7 from Mon, December 4 until Sun, December 10.
Click here to view presentation, handouts, and to complete "certificate"
NOTE: Enter this password to view the program: grades63

New Faculty Program, Part 2
Thu., January 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bartley Hall, Curley Family Exchange, Ground Level
Link to register by December 19

New Adjunct Faculty Orientation Program
Thu., January 11, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Bartley Hall, Curley Family Exchange, Ground Level

Spring, 2018 Food For Thought Lunch Discussions
February 14 & 15
March 20 & 21 and
April 25 & 26

Teaching Conferences

PADLA 15th Annual Conference & Expo: Call for Presenters & Exhibitors
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Tues, December 19, 2017

Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Wed, January 10, 2018

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