TLC Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Wednesday December 11, 2019

Good morning, K-State!


The end of the semester is almost here! Here is an update about what is going on in the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC):

Check out our TLC Professional Development Series!

Do you want to earn a TLC Professional Development Certificate or be selected as a TLC Fellow? You can, by participating in our series!

We have offered 10 events to date, and over 340 people have attended the events in person! We have explored many domains of teaching and learning and will explore many more. Zoom participation is available by request if you can’t attend in person.

It is not too late to participate! All of the events will be cataloged on our TLC Canvas page, and you can catch up at your convenience.

Please email us ( if you would like an invitation to our TLC Professional Development Series Canvas Page. This will provide access to the videos of our professional development events, information about our Professional Development Series, and provide a forum for discussing topics related to teaching and learning.

Our First Professional Development Event for the Spring Semester is “Need to Know”

The Office of Student Life, the Student Access Center, and the Office of Honor and Integrity are combining to offer a “Need to Know” event about Dealing with Student Issues and Concerns. It will be Thursday, January 16 at 1:30 pm. Come and get ready to help your students in your classes this Spring!

Video Resources to Help You Get the Most from Your Teaching Evaluations!

It is teaching evaluation time! This is an exciting time for our students to offer us feedback on our teaching so that we can improve. The K-State Student Governing Association has produced a video to help students understand the purpose of teaching evaluations and how to provide effective feedback on them. Check it out!

Dr. Don Saucier (Professor of Psychological Sciences and TLC Associate Director) also offers a video about how to approach your teaching evaluations, including how to explain the process to your students to help them understand the importance of teaching evaluations so that you get helpful feedback.

Take Our Class on the Principles of College Teaching (EDCI 943)

Want to learn the foundations for excellent teaching? Consider taking our EDCI 943 course on the Principles of College Teaching. Co-taught by Don Saucier (University Distinguished Teaching Scholar), Tucker Jones (GTA for the Teaching & Learning Center), and Ben Ward (Instructional Designer), the course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 10:45AM this Spring. Please email if you have questions!

The 7th Annual Big XII Teaching and Learning Conference

The Big XII Teaching and Learning Conference will be June 10-12, 2020 at the University of Kansas – Edwards Campus. This is just down the road, and is a wonderful opportunity to share and learn teaching methods and practices. The theme this year is “Advancing Student Learning & Retention.” This is an important topic and we hope to see you there! Please consider not only attending, but submitting a proposal to present your ideas!

More information about the Big XII Teaching and Learning Conference can be found here.

GTA Orientation

About to be a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for the first time at K-State? Come to our orientation on the morning of Thursday January 16th from 8 am to 12 noon. Click HERE to register for our orientation for graduate students with teaching responsibilities.

Please note that we are using the same orientation registration form as the Kansas State University Graduate School. You do not need to attend the Graduate School’s orientation in order to be eligible to attend our event. Please be sure to indicate your interest in attending our event where appropriate within the registration from.

The Office of Assessment Is Partnering with the TLC to Offer an Assessment Series

We will be offering, with Fred Burrack and Dorothy Thompson from the Office of Assessment, a series of workshops in a partnership with the Teaching & Learning Center to discuss the all-important topic of assessment. Teaching, learning, and assessment are three core components of the K-State educational mission, and together we will be offering workshops in the Spring on:

Using Canvas for Assessment in Courses

Thursday, January 30 from 1:30-2:30 pm

Room 4061 within the College of Business Administration

Click HERE to register for “Using Canvas for Assessment in Courses”

Assessing Undergraduate Learning Outcomes (Critical Thinking, Communication, Diversity)

Friday, March 6 from 2:30-3:30 pm

Room 4061 within the College of Business Administration

Click HERE to register for “Assessing Undergraduate Learning Outcomes”

Power BI Training

Thursday, April 9 from 1:00-4:00 pm

Room 4061 within the College of Business Administration

Click HERE to register for “Power BI Training”

We look forward to you joining us in this exciting series!

TLC Canvas Discussion of the Week

Our discussion question of the week is:

What is the funniest comment you have ever received on your teaching evaluations?

Let us know if you have other questions you would like us to post.

Congratulations to the TLC Twitter Teacher of November!

Dr. Myung Kyo (M.K.) Kim (Assistant Professor, Department of Management)


Revisit our Highlighted Teachers for the Fall 2019 Semester!


kevin wa


kevin sauer



Call for TLC Twitter Teachers of December

Each month we will collect nominations for TLC Twitter Teachers of the Month. Please click here to nominate someone you would like us to recognize for their contributions to teaching and learning at K-State this month.

We look forward to continuing this exciting year! #IteachatKState


Brian Niehoff

Director, Teaching & Learning Center

Don Saucier

Associate Director, Teaching & Learning Center

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Upcoming Events Hosted by the TLC:

  • Need-to-Know Series
  • “Dealing with Student Issues and Concerns” (Andy Thompson, Camilla Roberts, & Jason Maseberg Tomlinson; Promotional video coming soon)
    • The Teaching & Learning Center is proud to present another installment of our new "Need to Know" series! Please join Andy Thompson (Sr. Assistant Dean, Office of Student Life) Camilla Roberts (Director, Honor and Integrity System), & Jason Maseberg Tomlinson (Director, Student Access Center) on Thursday, January 16 at 1:30 pm as they present on dealing with student issues and concerns.
    • Thursday, January 16 from 1:30-2:30 pm. Location TBD
    • Click HERE to Register for this Event

  • TLC Professional Development Series
  • “Bring Your 'A" Game: Leveling Up Class Discussion” (Traci Brimhall; Promotional video coming soon)
    • Please join Traci Brimhall (Associate Professor, English) as she discusses strategies you can use in your own classes to enhance classroom discussions.
    • Thursday, January 23 from 2:00-3:00 pm in CBA 4061
    • Click HERE to Register for this Event

Other Upcoming Events Related to Teaching and Learning:

Upcoming Award Deadlines:

  • Nominations for TLC Twitter Teachers of the Month for December are due by 11:59 pm on December 31.