TLC Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Good morning, K-State!
We are now in the second week of the Spring 2022 semester, and the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) would like to remind you of our commitment to support your efforts in teaching, mentoring, and advising. We are excited to announce the various priorities, events, and resources that are designed to advance teaching and learning at K-State. This video explains what the TLC can do for you.
Programs & Events
The theme for our Professional Development Series this year is “Mindful Returns.” The events in our PD Series are free and no registration is required. Events occur on Wednesdays at 12 noon via Zoom: https://ksu.zoom.us/j/91689499348. We hope to see you there.
- On Wednesday, January 26th (TOMORROW), Suzanne Porath will lead an event entitled “4 Tools for Making Meaning of Content.” Click here to see the promotional video for this event.
- The first Kansas Open Education Resources (OER) Summit will be held on Wednesday, February 16th 11:00am-4:30pm and Thursday, February 17th 9:00am-4:30pm. Discussions and workshops will focus on improving affordability, accessibility, and equality of education. The sessions are free and will occur virtually. Click here to register.
Engage the Sage Videos to Support Excellent Teaching
As we begin the Spring 2022 semester, we would like to remind you of several video resources as part of Dr. Don Saucier’s YouTube channel, Engage the Sage:
- It is important to create a positive learning community early in the semester. The following videos include tips for how to do this well (in any modality!): “Nurturing Student Voices Early- Even in Large Classes”, “Emphasizing the Choice to Learn”, and “Building Community in a Hy-Flex Modality”.
- We recently released videos on how you can use less traditional methods of assessment in your classes. For instance, Don outlines “Five Reasons to Stop Giving Exams in Class” and introduces his Exams By You approach which involves “Students Writing Their Own Exams”.
- Empathy is an important part of teaching and learning. Don’s “Empathetic Course Design Perspective” provides practical advice on how you can infuse empathy into your “Syllabus Statements”, “Zoom Approach”, “Course Structure and Policies”, and “Assignments & Assessments”.
To stay in touch with new resources and events, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. To let us know how your semester is going, please use the hashtag #ITeachAtKState when you post about your teaching, mentoring, and advising activities.
Thank you for all you do for your colleagues and our students. And thank you for advancing K-State’s teaching and learning mission with energy and optimism. We look forward to partnering with you this academic year.
Tanya González Don Saucier
Interim Director of the TLC Associate Director of the TLC