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The week's theme: Discussions

This week's rundown 

September Workshop - GIFTS for discussion

In-person GIFTS are back! Please join us on Thursday, September 23 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm to get ideas on how to conduct effective class discussions. The session will unfold much like "speed dating," so by the end of the session you will have heard five ideas from five different presenters. Our presenters for this GIFTS sessions are:

  • Dan Blim, Music
  • Andy Katz, Politics and Public Affairs
  • Chris Cimaglio, Communication
  • Cheryl McFarren, Theatre
  • Zhe Wang, Data Analytics

Please sign up here by September 21. Space is limited.
Location: CfLT Large Meeting Room, Library A07


On Wednesday, September 29 at 12:00 noon, the GLCA’s Consortium for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will present a webinar by Vicki L. Baker, Professor of Economics and Management at Albion College, entitled,

So You're Mid-Career, Now What?: Next Steps of Your Faculty Journey

Faculty careers are long, characterized by many transitions from achieving tenure and promotion to balancing work and family. The longest stage of the faculty career is the mid-career stage, which includes recently tenured associate professors up to faculty colleagues who are 10 years out from retirement. The purpose of this professional development workshop is to assist mid-career faculty across the GLCA in navigating in and through various transitions and career paths successfully. The question we will address together is -- Now You Have Tenure – What’s Next?
Enroll at this link to join the webinar.

Teaching - How to hold a better class discussion

Now that we are back in-person, many of us are excited to engage in those lively classroom discussions. Could you use a few pointers? The Chronicle article, How to Hold a Better Class Discussion, has many practical tips and suggestions. The article is nicely divided into sections:

  • Why Discussion Matters
  • 7 Strategies to Change the Norms of Class Discussions
  • How to Keep a Discussion on Track
  • Common Challenges: Participation Grades, Bad Answers, and Divisive Topics
  • Resources
Don't forget, you can access Chronicle articles directly through Denison's institutional account. Details here. Direct link to above article here.

Tech - Interactive Video Lessons

Creating interactive videos for your class offers a different learning experience for students, increases student engagement with media content, and provides a way to gauge student comprehension of content through checking in on what they understand. Check out this post “Interactive Videos for your Classes” to see some of the options that ETS recommends for creating these videos.

If you are designing a video lesson and need help with the technology or just want to brainstorm ideas, reach out to your instructional technologist or email ETS at

Tidbit - What's in a Nombre?

Have you used the new Say My Name feature from NoteBowl to learn how to pronounce your students names? This article from Inside Higher Ed explores the importance of using and correctly pronouncing the names of Hispanic and Latino students in the New York City school system, and how this impacts their later learning.

Have something you would like to share or ideas we should explore? Please send suggestions to Lew Ludwig by the Friday before for consideration.
Lew Ludwig
Director, Center for Learning and Teaching

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