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!

Teaching Small Classes with Dr. Kelly-Anne Diamond: Thu, 4/25
11:30a.m. - 12:45p.m., Room 206, Falvey Library
Link to registration by 4/24

Small classes are often coveted as providing an optimal learning environment. Faculty feel they can dedicate significant attention to each student and students appreciate the faculty’s accessibility. Instruction tends to be discussion-based, grounded in student interest, needs, and engagement in peer learning. 

Dr. Kelly-Anne Diamond, History will draw on her experience with teaching small classes. She will engage us in discussion of varied teaching approaches and reflection on rewards and challenges.
Join us to share aspects of your teaching small classes and explore rewards and challenges together.

Link to Small changes in teaching: The first five minutes in class,
J. Lang, Chronicle of Higher Education, Retrieved 04/18/19

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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