TLC Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Thursday February 20, 2020

Good morning, K-State!

We are about a quarter of the way through the semester! 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 16 events to date, and over 415 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.

Save the Date: SPOTLIGHT K-State 2020 is March 3

Eleven K-State faculty members will share lessons from their experiences with students at the 2020 SPOTLIGHT K-State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

During the TED-style event, each presenter will talk for about six minutes with an introduction by students. Register online for this fast-paced, informative program on teaching and learning at K-State.

This year's presenters:

  • Bryan Samuel, chief diversity and inclusion officer.
  • Troy Brockway, School of Integrated Studies, Kansas State Polytechnic.
  • Lotta Larson, curriculum and instruction, College of Education.
  • Greg Eiselein, director, K-State First.
  • Tara Coleman, web services, K-State Libraries.
  • Mark Haub, food, nutrition, dietetics and health, College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Jennifer Anthony, chemical engineering, Carl R. Ice College of Engineering.
  • Tim Rozell, animal sciences and industry, College of Agriculture.
  • Lisa Pohlman, diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Traci Brimhall, English, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Don Saucier, faculty associate director, Teaching and Learning Center.

The event will include an hors d'oeuvres buffet and live music. Don't miss this celebration of teaching and learning at K-State.

If you are going for the TLC Professional Development Certificate, please keep in mind that you can earn up to TWO CREDITS for attending SPOTLIGHT K-State!

Click HERE to Register for SPOTLIGHT K-State 2020

Come Celebrate Open Education Week with the TLC!

On March 5th we will be celebrating Open Education Week with events to promote the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives on campus. Brian Lindshield (Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, & Health), Robbie Bear (Senior Instructor, Biology), Scott Finkeldei (Director for Academic and Student Technology), and Colby Moorberg (Assistant Professor, Agronomy) will lead these important sessions about how we can provide pedagogically sound resources to our students while easing the financial burden of their education. Each of the following events will be available via Zoom.

  • Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative Information Session

9:00-9:50AM in CBA 2047

Zoom Invitation:

  • Adapting and Open Textbook (OER) for a Large Undergraduate Course

Robbie Bear, 10:00-10:30AM in CBA 4061

Zoom Invitation:

  • Pressbooks, Rebus, and Demo

Colby Moorberg, 10:30-11:15AM in CBA 4061

Zoom Invitation:

  • Using Canvas as a Classroom Response System

Brian Lindshield and Scott Finkeldei, 11:15-11:45AM in CBA 4061

Zoom Invitation:

Faculty Exchange of Teaching Excellence: Event Summary

Our annual Faculty Exchange of Teaching Excellence event was held this last weekend and was a tremendous success! This event featured an inspiring keynote address by Dr. Thomas Lane, a variety of excellent sessions hosted by wonderful instructors from all around K-State, and a heartwarming closing session featuring Kathy and Troy Brockway. Over 100 K-Staters attended this wonderful event! The TLC would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event possible!

The TLC would like to specifically recognize Dr. Sara K. Kearns for all of her efforts. Sara is currently serving as the FETE coordinator and is doing a fantastic job! Thank you Sara for all that you do!

Sara Fete 2020

If you attended FETE and would like credit toward the TLC Professional Development certificate, please complete our post-event survey (link provided below). In your written feedback for this event, please be sure to indicate if you attended one or both days.

Click HERE to complete our post-evet survey.

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 on:

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

Friday, March 6th from 2:30-3:30PM in CBA 4061

Register HERE

Power BI Training

Thursday, April 9th from 1:00-4:00PM in CBA 4061

Register HERE

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 your favorite reason you have heard for a student missing your class?

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

TLC Highlighted Teacher February 2020

In each newsletter we will feature a K-Stater who is doing something special related to teaching and learning. This time, our TLC Highlighted Teacher is Brandon Savage from the College of Business.

Brandon received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a dual major in Strategic Management and Operations/Information Management. He has spent a majority of his career in industry as an operations executive with an emphasis on Customer Experience (CX). In addition to teaching Operations, Strategy, Ethics, and Presentation Skills, he is a consultant, entrepreneur, writer, and keynote speaker.

Click HERE to view a video of Brandon and his teaching.


Call for TLC Twitter Teachers of February

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:

  • Professional Development Series
  • “Enhancing Critical Thinking in the Classroom” by Pat Ackerman ( Communications, Humanities, & Social Sciences)

  • Professional Development Series
  • “Teaching Practices in STEM Courses & Labs: A Panel Discussion with Experienced Faculty”

  • Need to Know Series
  • “Overcoming Barriers to Student Success” by Stephanie Bannister (Assistant Vice Provost of Student Success), RJ Youngblood (Academic Achievement Center), & Brian Lindshield (Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health)
    • Exact Date TBD

  • Professional Development Series
  • “The Embodied Student” by Sally Bailey (School of Music, Theatre, and Dance)

  • Professional Development Series
  • “Teaching: One Size Does Not Fit All”
    • GTA Panel Discussion
    • Exact Date TBD

Upcoming Award Deadlines & Requests for Proposals:

  • In FY 2021 Global Campus will provide two funding cycles, one in the spring and one in the fall. The updated format will provide flexibility and accelerate project development. Priority is given to proposals that:
    • Revise existing and develop new, student-focused programs or courses
    • Reduce course gaps in online curricula or time to degree
    • Focus on learner-centered scheduling (accelerated courses and multiple start dates during a year)
    • Promote interdisciplinary approaches
    • Expand learning opportunities in areas of university strength

Click HERE for more information on the Global Campus Development Grants.

  • Office of the Provost Invites Nominations for Three University Awards
    • The Office of the Provost invites nominations for the following three university awards. Application materials for all awards are due by 4:30PM Monday, March 2.
      • Kansas State University Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head
        • The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward an outstanding department head at Kansas State University.
        • One award is made each year for the outstanding department head award.
        • Nominees should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the provost's office before the deadline of March 2.
      • Presidential Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
        Presidential Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
        • The purpose of these awards is to recognize and reward excellence in teaching performance in the undergraduate program.
        • Two awards are available this year for excellence in undergraduate teaching: Presidential Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Presidential Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
        • The nominations for the awards are made at the college level. Nominations for the awards are solicited from students, faculty and administrators. Nominees are submitted by department heads to the dean of the college in which the teacher is appointed. Each dean may submit up to two nominees from his or her college: one for the GTA award and one for the undergraduate teaching award. Colleges are strongly encouraged to nominate individuals who have not previously won this award.
        • Nominees from each college should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the provost's office before the deadline of March 2.