Letter from the Dean of the College of Education and Technology
The College of
Education and Technology at Fort Hays State University is experiencing an
unprecedented period of dynamic growth and program expansion. To help us in the
continuation of this effort, we have purchased Tk20, an comprehensive system
providing us all with a rich set of tools to help manage our growth and
processes and to make our tasks easier.
The Tk20 system will
allow you to:
your artifacts electronically online. Your
artifacts will stay with you so you can use them for years, even after
quicker feedback on your work from your instructors and mentors.
electronic portfolios for documenting your work for presentation to faculty and
- Have a
fully documented record of your field experience work and your experience with
student teaching/clinical practice.
- Fill out
all application forms online. This
includes applications for admission to the program and for student teaching.
Additionally, the Tk20
system will help us serve you better by providing instant data for advising and
As a student, you
will be required to subscribe to the program.
The Tk20 subscription is a one-time only, non-refundable fee of
$100. You will be billed by the
university as part of your tuition and fees.
will be organized to orient you to Tk20.
Details will follow from Dr. Janet Stramel and Amie Wright in the
weeks to follow.
We do understand that
the cost of a college education is high.
We have spent a considerable amount of time finding the best system to
meet your needs and ours. As you become
familiar with the system and realize its potential and benefits, I am sure that
you will be pleased.
Robert F. Scott, Jr., Ph.D
Dean and Professor
Top Five Reasons Why You Should Purchase Tk20
As former students, we know that money isn’t necessarily
free-flowing. So when your college or university informs you that you have to
pay for a Tk20 account, we realize that it may stretch your budget to its
limit. Still, we believe that purchasing a Tk20 account will benefit you in the
long run. Here are our top 5 reasons why we think you need a Tk20 account:
5. You can create and store your coursework in an
electronic gallery of artifacts.
Keeping your work for all of
your courses can be difficult. Between the never-ending piles of paper and the
bazillion electronic files you have scattered across one, two (or six) flash
drives, staying organized can be a beast. Don’t worry. We’re here to help. Once
you save an artifact in Tk20, it will be in your account forever.
4. You can see your progress in your program of study.
Even when you only have one question, scheduling an
appointment with your advisor may seem to require an act of Congress. You know
your time is valuable. We think so, too. With our advising feature, you can
track your progress throughout your time in your program of study. You’ll never
have to guess if you’ve met your program’s criteria, because you will be able
to check your progress in your Tk20 account!
3. You will have a fully documented record of your
field experience and clinical practice.
At some point, you will need
to show proof of your hands-on experience in the field. Keeping track of your
time logs, assessments, observations, and lesson plans can seem daunting. Let
us do the organizing for you! Our field experience feature records all of your
field experience information, so you can easily retrieve the information when
gearing up for an interview after graduation.
2. You can create an electronic portfolio to share
with faculty and potential employers.
Potential employers tend to
grow bored with reviewing boring resumes. After a while, they all seem to look
the same. We think you should shake things up a bit. Tk20 allows you to create
your own electronic portfolio to document your professional growth, field
experience, transcripts, and assessments. Even better, you can share this
portfolio with potential employers with a link for easy access. Ideal
candidates stand out among the rest. With your Tk20 portfolio, we’re sure
you’ll knock their socks off.
1. By purchasing Tk20, you are a direct stakeholder in
your program’s reputation.
institution purchased Tk20 to help with accreditation and program improvement.
Typically, potential employers are impressed with candidates who come from
accredited institutions and programs. Other than making the accreditation
process easier, completing work in Tk20 allows your college or university to
reflect on their own practices to make meaningful improvements. Many times,
your participation in this process is evidence of your own hard work and
success. We know you’re awesome. We just want others to know it, too.