Welcome to the Tuesday Teaching, Tech,  & Tidbit


three weekly tips centered on teaching, tech, and higher-ed related topics from the Center for Learning and Teaching at Denison University.

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The week's theme: It's the little things

A rundown of this week's topics

Teaching - 3 Tips for the Minutes Before Class

Waiting for the students to arrive, whether in person or remotely, this short video from the Chronicle provides three practical tips to make the most of that time.

Tech - Using Google Jamboards

Tech I - Using Google Jamboards

Looking for a digital whiteboard where students can collaborate? Consider Google Jamboards. In this video, I show how to create these files as well as how to efficiently distribute the Jamboards to your students. I also share a few tips that can save you time and head off possible pit falls.

Zooming with two monitors

Tech II - Are two screens better than one?

Have access to two screens? In this video we see how to use the dual monitor feature in Zoom to see our entire class in one screen and our presentation in the other. There are also a few other nuggets including a more equitable class participation.

Looking for some more quick Zoom tips? Check out this list from Chaplain College which covers

  • Ways to Use Chat as a “Side Channel” or “Back Channel”
  • Ways to Use Chat to Encourage, Ensure, and Grade Participation
  • Ways to Use Chat to Facilitate Classroom Logistics

Tidbit 1 - 'tis the season of recommendations

Have students been asking for letters of recommendations? The Lisska Center has created this video to provide you with suggestions on writing letters of recommendation, including things to focus on and what to ask of students. To ensure you have the full picture, consider this recommendation letter check list which you can share with students. Here is a Google doc version of the check list in which students can type on directly.

Thanks to Anthony Bonifonte for suggesting this topic!

Tidbit 2- Play in the College Classroom in a Pandemic

This short piece from the Chronicle provides seven ways to lighten things up in class that are emotionally, academically, and pedagogically sound.


Difficult conversations

Even in the simplest of times, group decision making with colleagues can be challenging. Save the date for an upcoming workshop that builds on the lens of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which focuses attention on maximizing people’s voices and creating processes to get things done productively. Brought to you by Faculty Ombuds Program, Faculty Development Committee, and the Center for Learning and Teaching.

  • When: Common hour March 18, 2021 ~ 11:45-1:15
  • Where: Zoom workshop (invite available once you sign up through CfLT link here)
  • What: Presentations intertwined with participant interaction and role-play examples
  • Who: All Denison faculty who are interested!
A full description of the workshop can be found here.
Lew Ludwig
Director, Center for Learning and Teaching

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