Classroom Observations by Jen Gregory and Cynthia Rutz Teaching can be an isolating activity.  It is hard to know whether things you are trying in the classroom are working well or not.  Would you like some friendly feedback on your teaching? We at VITAL are available to observe faculty who would like to improve their teaching.  This offer also applies to those faculty who are directed by...
by Kevin Steele, Director of Instructional Technology, Design and Assessment, VITAL Communicating with students outside of class can be a challenge in our current time.  Do you use social media, apps, text messaging, email, and the list goes on. There are so many options it can be an issue finding the right mode. Delivery can be difficult in engaging all students.  The unfortunate news is that...
by Cynthia Rutz, Director of Faculty Development, VITAL Dear Colleagues: Would you like to get more writing done this semester?  A great way to help you achieve your writing goals is to join the Faculty Writing Circle facilitated by VITAL (the Valparaiso Institute for Teaching and Learning). We meet once a week for just an hour in order to : get feedback on our current writing projects share...
by Kevin Steele, Director of Instructional Technology, Design and Assessment, VITAL “SYLLABUS DAY: The first day of an academic term at most high schools and colleges. On this day, a typical class lasts no more than twenty minutes and involves nothing more than reading the syllabus.” –Urban Dictionary   While the use of urbandictionary.com is not standard in professional writing,...
By Kevin Steele, Director of Instructional Technology, Design & Assessment   It is a pleasure to join VITAL! It is that time of the year where we begin to plan our semester ahead and that usually begins with the syllabus. Below I will be sharing some tips from both experience and a compilation of other writings on the topic of syllabus development and design.   Plan Ahead Spend some...
VITAL Guest Bloggers: Mindy Capaldi, Melissa Desjarlais, Jon-Paul McCool, Nancy Scannell, Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo During the past school year our group of Valpo faculty met to share resources and learn more about best practices in mentoring students.  We met approximately fortnightly during the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters. Two books guided our discussions throughout the year: On Being a...
VITAL Guest Blogger: Jon Bull, Assistant Professor of Library Services and Scholarly Communication Services Librarian The next academic year is already approaching with many of us submitting textbook orders and developing curricula we will need for the upcoming semester. However, as many of us already know, those textbooks can be expensive for our students. From the students’ perspective, one...