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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 during discussions, stay as long as you wish. Kindly RSVP in advance. We look forward to your joining the discussions! 

Food for Thought Discussions, Fall 2021  

Engaging Learners: Research-Based Tips
Wed., 10/20, 12:30-1:30pm, virtual - Zoom
Thu, 10/21, 11:45am-12:45pm, in-person, Vasey Hall, Conference Room, G12

RSVP by 10/19

I am engaged in class and enjoy discussing the readings.” “Prof. Smith is engaging; I finally feel that I can learn economics.” Statements like these highlight the importance of engaged learning. How can we provide the conditions in our classes that support engagement? Dr. P. Felten, Center for Engaged Learning, Elon University, has found five things students need to do and three things students need to think/feel in order to be engaged. He discusses his practice-based research in the Teaching in Higher Education podcast, episode 216.

Join us to discuss the practices introduced by P. Felten and how they show up in your teaching. Please listen to the podcast prior to the session. Gabriele Bauer, director, VITAL will facilitate the discussion.
Research on Engaging Learners with P. Felten, Teaching in Higher Education podcast, August 2, 2018

Remaining fall date:

  • Tue, November 16 or Wed, November 17 

Materials from Spring 2021 Discussions:

Materials forthcoming 


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Vasey Hall, Room 106
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.5627

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