TLC Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Good morning, K-State!


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 nine events to date, and over 325 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.

Difficult Dialogues – A Series for K-State Faculty

In collaboration with the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies and the Teaching and Learning Center, the next Difficult Dialogues will take place 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the K-State Student Union Bluemont Room.

Tara Coleman, K-State Libraries, and Brent Weaver, K-State First, will present "Situation Critical: Responding to Difficult Situations Through Role-play." Registration is required and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register on the Difficult Dialogues webpage.

Difficult Dialogues was created to help faculty make progress on their knowledge and skill in facilitating conversations in the classroom when difficult or challenging topics arise. The lunch and learn series will be piloted for the 2019-2020 year and cover topics such as mental health, race and ethnicity, gender sexual orientation and identity, and political divide/current events.

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

We are excited to announce that Fred Burrack and Dorothy Thompson from the Office of Assessment will be offering 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:

  • Designing Assessments for Diversity and Cultural Competence

Wednesday, November 20th 1:30-2:30PM in CBA 4061

  • Using Qualtrics for Assessment

Tuesday, December 3rd 1:30-2: 30PM in CBA 4061

  • Using Canvas for Assessment in Courses

TBD in the Spring

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

TBD in the Spring

  • Power BI Training

TBD in the Spring

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 one thing you do to increase the frequency and quality of participation on online discussion boards? Asking for a friend…

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

TLC Highlighted Teacher October 2019

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 Tamara Bauer.

My name is Tamara Bauer and I am an instructor at the Staley School of Leadership Studies. I love that every day I have an opportunity to partner with students in powerful ways to engage in the process of learning. Designing curriculum and learning opportunities that engage students in the process of learning is my passion…and seeing it come to life in the classroom is such a gift! This fall I am teaching LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts and work with over 700 students (mostly first-year) and 50 Class Leaders. I also teach a CAT Community class called “First in the Family” for first-generation students.

In addition to working with students, I enjoy facilitating leadership development with varied stakeholders from community organizations, to businesses, all the way to Ghana. On campus I am involved with the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows, the New Faculty Institute, Wildcat Dialogues, and Cats’ Cupboard advisory board.

Click HERE to view a video on Tamara and his teaching.

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Congratulations to the TLC Twitter Teachers of October!

Dr. Suzanne Porath (Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction)


Stacy Salmon (Instructor, Communication Studies)


Call for TLC Twitter Teachers of November

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:

  • TLC Professional Development Series
  • “Bringing Energy and Enthusiasm to the Classroom” (David Grieger; Click HERE to View a Promotional Video)
    • Please join us as Dr. David Grieger (Animal Sciences) presents on ways to boost student engagement in your classes by focusing on your own energy and enthusiasm.
    • Wednesday, November 6th from 10:00-11:00am in CBA 4061
    • Click HERE to Register for this Event

  • TLC Professional Development Series
  • “Teaching in an Online Environment” (Laura Widenor)
    • Laura Widenor (K-State Global Campus) will present some basic skills in online teaching. The discussion will cover important elements for being prepared to teach in an online environment, including course structure, syllabus content, instructor presence, assignments, interactivity and discussions. This is an opportunity for those who want to learn more about teaching online to talk about best practices and how to help run your class smoothly.
    • Tuesday, November 12th from 3:30-4:30pm in CBA 4061
    • Click HERE to Register for this Event

  • Difficult Dialogues – A Series for K-State Faculty
  • “Situation Critical: Responding to Difficult Situations Through Role-Play” (Tara Coleman and Brent Weaver)
    • Few people are skilled at effectively responding to a difficult situation, the first time they encounter it. It is easy to imagine you will respond calmly, but when tension is high, our response may be very different. Training and role-play can help us recognize warning signs of a challenging situation and allow us to process them more quickly, react more effectively, and respond with care. In this session, participants will role-play scenarios drawn from the group’s personal experiences to help them start to develop a routine for handling difficult situations.
    • Tuesday, November 12th from 12:30pm-1:30pm, Bluemont Room, KSU Student Union
    • Click HERE to Register for this Event

  • Need-to-Know Series
  • “Effective Pedagogy and Student Anxiety” (Karin Goldberg, Don Kurtz, Michele Janette, & Kodee Walls)
    • The Teaching & Learning is proud to present another installment of our new “Need to Know” series! Please join Karin Goldberg (Geology), Don Kurtz (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work), Michele Janette (English), & Kodee Walls (Counseling Services) on Monday, November 18th at 3:30pm in room 1092 within the College of Business Administration.
    • Monday, November 18th from 3:30-4:30pm in CBA 1092
    • Click HERE to Register for this Event

Other Upcoming Events Related to Teaching and Learning:

  • Office of First-Generation Student
    • The Office of First-Generation Students at K-State kicked off "National First-generation Student Celebration week” on Monday, November 4.
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    • Join the Office of First-Generation Students and UPC for 1-PARTY on Friday, November 8 from 11 am-1 pm at Union Courtyard, ground floor, K-State Student Union.2

Upcoming Award Deadlines:

  • Nominations for TLC Twitter Teachers of the Month for November are due by 11:59PM on November 30th!