TLC Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Good morning, K-State!

Congratulations on finishing the Spring 2021 semester! The Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) would like to remind you of our commitment to support your efforts in teaching, mentoring, and advising. We at the TLC are excited to announce the various priorities, events, and resources that are designed to advance teaching and learning at K-State!

Click HERE to see what the TLC can do for you!

TLC Highlighted Teacher

Highlighted Teacher Amelia Hicks Quote Graphic

Our TLC Highlighted Teacher this week is Amelia Hicks. Her bio is as follows. Many people assume that ethics is a mere “matter of opinion.” But in my courses, I emphasize that it is possible—and essential—to reason rigorously about moral problems. I aim for my students to understand a wide variety of moral perspectives, and to reflect on the moral assumptions that drive their everyday choices. I introduce abstract moral theories within the context of real-world moral problems, and I encourage students to connect moral reflection to their interests and backgrounds.

Click here to see a video of Amelia discussing her teaching.

Programs & Events

To show our support for K-State instructors, the theme for our professional development series this year was “Caring, Connections, and Community.” In our 35 events this academic year, 504 people attended synchronously and over 594 people participated asynchronously! More specifically, in our 19 events in the Spring 2021 semester, 236 people attended synchronously, and 242 people participated asynchronously. See our Professional Development Series page for more information. Check out our Archived Events and Canvas pages for recordings of past events. We hope to see you again next semester!

End of the Year Survey

If you attended any or all of our professional development events, please complete our end of the year survey. Your feedback will help us continue to improve our professional development series for K-State instructors! Be on the lookout for reminders via email and social media. If you have already completed the survey, thank you - we greatly appreciate your participation!

Course Design Institute

Global Campus is offering their Online Course Design Institute for free this summer from June 1st to July 2nd. It will include five modules: 1) Teaching Persona, Philosophy and Practice, 2) Fundamentals of Online and Blended Teaching and Learning, 3) Tools for Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning, 4) Student Success in Online and Blended Teaching and Learning, and 5) Assessment in Online and Blended Teaching and Learning. Click here for more information, including registration details.

Teachers Telling Stories Video Series

The following instructors participated in our “Teachers Telling Stories” series in which we asked them to share a story they use in their teaching or a story that has a message related to teaching. See below for the stories in this series.

Linda Yarrow’s Duct Tape Story

Chardie Baird’s Cultural Script Story

Don Saucier’s Hit and Run Story

Mary Cain’s Burning Car Story

Tiffany Lawless’s Spite Story

Be Stoney’s Syllabus Story

Spotlight Preview

SPOTLIGHT will be Monday, October 25th, and we will start releasing promotional videos for the speakers soon. Stay tuned!

Engage the Sage

On Don Saucier’s YouTube channel, Engage the Sage, he releases videos targeted toward instructors. The following videos are particularly relevant as we approach the new semester:

A Few of My Favorite Things (from Teaching this Semester)

Managing End of the Semester Chaos

Learning From Your Evaluations

Evaluating Teaching Evaluations

Recharging the Sage

Taking Care of the Sage

Three-Minute Thursday Tips

Global Campus is releasing quick tips via K-State Today on Thursdays. Thus far, they have released tips on course navigation, creating a course welcome, and using groups in Canvas. Be on the lookout for these informative tips every week! For a full archive of these tips, click here for a YouTube playlist.

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We love advancing K-State’s teaching and learning mission, as always, with energy and optimism! We are proud to say, “I teach at K-State!”



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Don Saucier

Associate Director, Teaching & Learning Center