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Four Common Teaching Traps and How to Avoid Them


Learn how to identify each of the four most common teaching problems, explore their implications, and understand warning signs and solution. Discover how to recognize misalignment, expert blind spot, content overload, and over-identification.


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Four issues cause the lion’s share of serious teaching problems: expert blind spot, misalignment, content overload, and over-identification.

These four pitfalls—referred to as the Four Horsemen by the presenters of this seminar—can profoundly undermine student learning and motivation and cause countless headaches and setbacks for faculty. By taking a proactive approach and understanding where these issues stem from, its much easier to recognize and avoid them.

Register today for the Magna Online Seminar, Four Common Teaching Traps and How to Avoid Them, presented by Marie Norman, PhD and Michael Bridges, PhD. You’ll learn how to identify each of the four most common teaching problems, explore their implications, and understand warning signs and solutions. This in turn will help save you time and energy, and ensure the good will of your students over the long term.


By leveraging the strategies discussed in this seminar and gaining a deeper understanding of the most common teaching issues, you’ll be able to increase student success rates and avoid various teaching challenges.

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize four serious teaching pitfalls
  • Describe their effects on student learning and motivation
  • Identify useful tips for avoiding them

Topics Covered

  • Expert blind spot
  • Misalignment
  • Content overload
  • Over-identification


This seminar will benefit faculty, instructional designers, program director, and curriculum designers.


Teaching is complicated work and many issues-pedagogical, but also technological, logistical, administrative, and curricular-impact the effectiveness of instruction. The four most common teaching traps do not represent every teaching problem. Many of the most subtle and hard-to-detect problems are those which affect learning, performance, and motivation most profoundly, demoralizing faculty and students in the process. By staying attentive to the four teaching traps discussed in this presentation, you’ll be better able to avoid these subtle problems.

This engaging seminar presents some familiar ideas in a way you may have never considered—you’ll get an insiders look at the most common teaching challenges and gain useful tips for mitigating them. Register today!

Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • A single connection to the seminar
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • On-demand access for 1-year after the seminar airs
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

For the seminar, you can have as many people participate in the program as you like using the single connection by using a large screen, projector, and speakers.

There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available. Additional connections for other locations or branch campuses can be purchased for $100 per additional connection. Contact Magna Customer Service at 800-433-0499 to add additional connections for the rebroadcasted seminar.

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants may take the contents of the program CD & place the information on to a password-protected network, server, or web site for additional staff use. The Group License option is not for multiple or unlimited staff from an institution to connect & participate in the live online seminar presentation.

Product Code: PC18IA

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