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This week's rundown
Teaching - Dr. Jane Saffitz

Teaching - what I learned about the expert blindspot

One common challenge of expert instructors is understanding the learning needs of novice students, known as the expert blindspot. Between semesters, a group of Denison faculty participated in the Rubik's Cube Challenge: An Expert Blindspot Learning Adventure with colleagues from Furman University.
Not only did Dr. Jane Saffitz, Anthropology and Sociology, learn how to solve the cube, but the experience provided insight into her students' learning. See how Jane modified assignments for her novice learners to help them better understand and develop their ethnographic writing skills.

We've got an EdTech for that!

In her video this week, Jane Saffitz refers to a creative digital project she did with her class that involved them using a tool called Storyboarder. You may be wondering how Jane was able to support a project like that for her class. Well, she emailed someone at ETS and asked if they could help. And then...Trent helped. In this blog post, read more about what the EdTechs in ETS do and how they can help you with digital projects for your classes. 
Already have a digital project in mind for next semester or next year? Email ETS at or reach out to your department EdTech, which you can find on this list here.


Tidbit - What do I do while stirring the pot for dinner?

Dr. Julie Mujic, visiting assistant professor in the global commerce program and coordinator for faculty partnerships with the Knowlton Center, has a recent opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed, How academic parents and others can make the best use of brief in-between moments. Julie gives five practical tips on taking advantage of those brief in-between times to stay intellectually active. Take a few moments to see how to take advantage of your free moments.

HistoryMakers Digital Archive

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is an easy-to-use online database of thousands of African Americans from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Unlike other primary source resources, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive provides high-quality video content, fully searchable transcripts, and unique content from individuals whose life stories would have been lost were it not for The HistoryMakers. Thanks to Dr. Terrance Dean, Narrative Journalism, for helping bring this important resource to Denison. Available through CONSORT.

Lew Ludwig
Director, Center for Learning and Teaching

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