Creighton University

Expert Blind Spot

Due to the expert blind spot, instructors may have minimal conscious awareness of all the skills and knowledge required for complex tasks. Consequently, when teaching students, instructors may inadvertently omit skills, steps, and information students need in order to learn and perform effectively. To determine whether you have identified all the component skills relevant for a particular task, ask yourself, "What must students have to know in order to achieve what I am asking of them?"

Ambrose, S.A., Bridges, M.W., DiPietro, M., Lovett,M.C., & Norman, M.K. (2010). How Learning Works: Seven Research Based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.