Food for Thought

Join us for lunch discussions on different aspects of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. The discussions are offered on two different days to accommodate your teaching schedule. They provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues across campus; there are no structured presentations or "experts."

Bring your lunch, your teaching stories, your ideas, successes, and challenges. We provide the venue and refreshments. Come any time between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., stay as long as you wish. Kindly RSVP in advance. We look forward to your joining the discussions!

The Distracted Classroom - 9/25 or 9/26
11:30a.m. - 12:45p.m., Room 206, Falvey Library

Might you have included a policy on students’ use of electronic devices in your syllabus? Might you have done so to moderate students’ apparent distraction in class by digital devices and help them focus on their learning? How might we productively handle these digital distractions? Considering Dr. James Lang’s presentation on this relevant topic, we will continue to discuss how we can manage digital distractions and share strategies that we have found effective.  

Link to registration by 9/25

October 24 & 25, and November 6 & 7

Materials from Spring 2016 Discussions:

Guest Speakers: Friend or Foe?

Teaching Professor, Oct. 2009: Helping guest lecturers succeed
Faculty Focus, May 2015: Getting the most out of guest experts who speak to your class

Materials from Fall 2015 Discussions:

Is the Lecture on the Way Out?

When should we lecture? Oct. 2014
Effective Lecturing, 2010

Student Presentations:  Who Do They Benefit?

Relevant articles, The Teaching Professor:
Pechakucha – 2014 Benefit Listeners – 2012  Helping Students Find Their Voices - Faculty Focus
Nilson, L. Helping students help each other: Making peer feedback more valuable
Sample Student Presentation Rubrics: Rubric 1   Rubric 2
Process for Group-Presentations, Georg Theiner, Philosophy
Free, research-based, online peer evaluation instrument that assesses group dynamics: CATME.org

Materials from Spring 2015 Discussions:

“The Last Day of Class: Reflective Endings for Continued Learning”

Relevant articles, The Teaching Professor:
The last class: A critical course component 
The last class: A time for celebration and ritual
The end of the course: Another perspective

Formative Assessment for Meaningful Learning

Pertinent article: Rethinking formative assessments in HE

Snow Days Turned Opportune eLearning Days
Handout for Snow Day Options (PDF)

Alcohol and the College Experience: An Unbreakable Bond?
Handout with Villanova-specific data (PDF)
Related Reading: Chronicle of Higher Education, Alcohol’s hold on campus: Special report. December 1, 2014. Download the report.

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