C-TELCenter for Teaching Excellence and Learning

Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

Contact Us
Email: ctel@washburn.edu, location: Morgan Hall 204, phone: 785.670.2835 (CTEL), hours: 9-3 Mon-Fri

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL) at Washburn University.  Our goal is to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and enhance student learning.

Coming up...

Wednesday (11/29)

Technology Lunch & Learn

11:30-1:30, Morgan Hall room 205
Register Here

Bring your lunch and join us as we discuss technology that has worked, hasn't worked, and might work in your teaching. We will discuss the things you want to be able to do and how you might be able to do them using technology. Don't feel like you have to come for the whole discussion. Drop in and out as you need to.

Winter Social

3:00-5:00, Memorial Union Memorial Union Washburn B
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Raise a glass to the holidays and the good work we’ve done this semester! Snacks, wine and beer will be served. Prizes will be awarded.


Tuesday (12/5)

Lunch and Learn

11:10-11:40, Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
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This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.

Wednesday (12/6)

Online Course Show & Tell

12:00-1:00, Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format and recorded (when possible).

This time Melanie Worsley will present one of her Criminal Justice courses.

Upcoming Schedule

November

Technology Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, November 29, 11:30-1:30
Morgan Hall room 205
Register Here

Bring your lunch and join us as we discuss technology that has worked, hasn't worked, and might work in your teaching. We will discuss the things you want to be able to do and how you might be able to do them using technology. Don't feel like you have to come for the whole discussion. Drop in and out as you need to.


Winter Social

Wednesday, November 29, 3:00-5:00
Memorial Union Memorial Union Washburn B
Register Here

Raise a glass to the holidays and the good work we’ve done this semester! Snacks, wine and beer will be served. Prizes will be awarded.


December

Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, December 5, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


Online Course Show & Tell

Wednesday, December 6, 12:00-1:00
Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format and recorded (when possible).

This time Melanie Worsley will present one of her Criminal Justice courses.


Winter Online Adjunct Institute

Thursday, December 21 - Tuesday, January 9
Online
Register Here

This institute has been developed to provide an opportunity for focused professional development for WU adjunct instructors on the classroom environment, course design, and active learning.  It is also an opportunity for adjuncts to share ideas for teaching excellence and learning. 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to

  • apply knowledge about making the classroom environment welcoming and inclusive
  • select and apply current course design methods to course load
  • use a variety of active learning strategies in the classroom to improve student learning

Participants who complete the entire online course will receive a stipend of $150.


January

Course Design Boot Camp

January 10-12 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Garvey room 231
Register Here

You only need to registered for this event (once you are registered on this event you will be automatically registered for all 3 dates).

Join Melanie Burdick and Sue Taylor-Owens in this intensive, hands-on seminar. We will offer participants the opportunity to create or revise a course through backwards design. All course types are welcome (in-person, hybrid, and online).


Teaching Matters: Strategies for Active Learning

January 10-12 from 1:00-3:30
Garvey room 231
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You only need to registered for this event (once you are registered on this event you will be automatically registered for all 3 dates).

This Teaching Matters Learning Community (led by Amy Memmer and Jericho Hockett) is designed to facilitate faculty and staff explorations of student-centered active learning strategies, including developing and trouble-shooting activities, problems, and lessons. Participants will be asked to complete readings, short reflexive pieces, and some basic research. By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Define the benefits and limitations of active learning strategies
  2. Practice a concrete set of active learning strategies in your classrooms, including through use of available active learning technologies
  3. Distinguish among strategies appropriate for different learning contexts (in person, online)
  4. Begin developing relevant active learning strategies
  5. Evaluate active learning teaching practices

Teaching Matters: Strategies for Active Learning

Wednesday, January 24, 1:00-2:15
Wednesday, February 7, 1:00-2:15pm
Wednesday, February 21, 1:00-2:15pm
Wednesday, March 7, 1:00-2:15pm
Wednesday, March 28, 1:00-2:15pm
Garvey room 231
Register Here

You only need to registered for this event (once you are registered on this event you will be automatically registered for all 5 dates).

This Teaching Matters Learning Community (led by Amy Memmer and Jericho Hockett) is designed to facilitate faculty and staff explorations of student-centered active learning strategies, including developing and trouble-shooting activities, problems, and lessons. Participants will be asked to complete readings, short reflexive pieces, and some basic research. By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Define the benefits and limitations of active learning strategies
  2. Practice a concrete set of active learning strategies in your classrooms, including through use of available active learning technologies
  3. Distinguish among strategies appropriate for different learning contexts (in person, online)
  4. Begin developing relevant active learning strategies
  5. Evaluate active learning teaching practices

Giving Students Feedback in Online Courses

Wednesday, January 24, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
Register Here

Many instructors of online courses struggle with providing useful, effective, timely feedback to their students, and many of us may feel that we are alone in trying to improve or redesign the way we comment on or respond to student assignments. If you would like to know more about possible ways of providing and designing feedback to your online students and exchange ideas and experiences with other online instructors, join us for this workshop, which will offer both insights from recent scholarship on online instruction and practical suggestions.


February

QOCI: Online Course Design Course

Saturday, February 4 - April 29
Online
Register Here

Are you teaching an online course next semester for the very first time? Do you struggle to organize your online content? Do you need to know what to do to make your class ADA compliant? Help is on the way! C-TEL is offering the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI). This program is designed to help you design a great online course!

This a real-time online course taught by Sue Taylor-Owens about course design. There will be at least 1 synchronous meeting at the beginning of the course and discussion boards or an assignment every other week.


QOCI: Managing Active Online Course

Saturday, February 4 - TBD
Online
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Learning is not a passive process; it requires action, experience, and engagement. This course emphasizes the need to think about online instruction in more active terms. During this course, faculty will reflect upon how they manage their online courses with the aim of helping faculty create and manage meaningful learning experiences in the online environment.

This is a real-time, fully online course taught by Becky Dodge, about managing a meaningful and active online course.


Online Course Show & Tell

Monday, February 5, 12:00-1:00
Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format and recorded (when possible).

This time Angela Duncan will present one of her Psychology courses.


Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, February 6, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


Study Abroad Program Development

Wednesday, February 7, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
Register Here

Are you interested in developing a faculty-led program, but not sure how to get started?  Then this workshop is for you!  Bring your ideas and questions.  A copy of the Study Abroad Program Development Guide and Program Proposal will be provided, along with additional instructions for completing the proposal process. First time program leaders and assistants are encouraged to attend.


Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Minutes?

Wednesday, February 7, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. Discover how UDL benefits all students and gives extra support to vulnerable groups, including single parents, working students, and military learners.


Assessment Extravaganza

Tuesday, February 8, 2:30-4:30
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Convocation Hall
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The theme of this year’s Assessment Extravaganza will be “Reflection on Assessment”.  Results of multi-year testing as well as the results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the HERI Faculty Survey will be highlighted in poster presentations. Participants will be asked to reflect with presenters on what this means to you as faculty or staff at Washburn, where are we excelling and what do we need to improve.  Bring your best ideas and join us for dialogue and refreshments.


New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Competencies

Tuesday, February 8, 3:15-4:15
Brock room - Huntoon Campus
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A guest instructor from the Huntoon campus will talk about what works for them in the classroom/lab. Focus on Competencies.


Study Abroad Health, Safety, and Policies

Wednesday, February 14, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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Are you leading a group of students abroad?  Then, mark your calendars to attend. All faculty leaders and assistants are required to attend a workshop prior to the program's departure. Attendance is required only once, but yearly attendance is encouraged as policies and procedures change over time.


Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Build Community in My Online Classes?

Wednesday, February 21, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
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Discover effective, easy-to-implement techniques to help instill in your online students the cooperation, trust, respect, and enthusiasm that are hallmarks of strong learning communities.


Lunch and Learn

Thursday, February 22, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


Study Abroad International Opportunities for Faculty

Wednesday, February 28, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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Are you interested in bringing the world to your classroom?  This workshop will highlight international resources available to WU Faculty such as an International Sweet Sabbatical, Magellan Faculty Exchange, and funding available for scholarly /creative presentations and uncompensated teaching through the International Travel Fund.  Faculty will share how they incorporate their international experience into curriculum development and International Programs Staff will share the process of applying and navigating the logistics on and off campus.


March

Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, March 6, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


Online Course Show & Tell

Wednesday, March 7, 12:00-1:00
Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format (so you can watch from your desk) and recorded (when possible).

This time Becky Dodge will present a course from the Radiation Therapy program.


Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Days?

Wednesday, March 7, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. This program covers four effective UDL strategies that go beyond legal compliance requirements. You will finish with a 20-day plan to customize a learning experience for all students that will last throughout the course and beyond the classroom.


Wednesday Webinar: How Do I Create Social Presence in My Online Class?

Wednesday, March 14, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

Learn the tools and techniques for successfully building social presence in online courses.

Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Months?

Wednesday, March 28, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. In this program, you’ll discover specific places where students benefit the most from UDL principles. You’ll see how to provide learners with full alternative paths through your courses—and how to execute this in about 20 months.


New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Lesson Plans/Assessment

Thursday, March 29, 3:15-4:15
Brock room - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

A guest instructor from the Huntoon campus will talk about what works for them in the classroom/lab.  Focus on Lesson Plans/ Assessments


April

Online Course Show & Tell

Thursday, April 5, 12:00-1:00
Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format (so you can watch from your desk) and recorded (when possible).

This time Keith Mazachek will present a self-paced Physics course.


Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, April 10, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Classroom Management

Thursday, April 12, 3:15-4:15
Brock room - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

A guest instructor from the Huntoon campus will talk about what works for them in the classroom/lab.  Focus on Classroom Management


Wednesday Webinar: How Do I Use Controversial Issues to Build Cognitive Skills in My Students?

Wednesday, April 18, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

Learn how to use difficult discussions to improve students’ ability to reason—and help them function as respectful members of a civil society.


Lunch and Learn

Thursday, April 26, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


May

Celebration of Teaching

Tuesday, May 1, 3:00-5:00
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Convocation Hall
Register Here

Celebrate the academic year with food, drink and conversation. There will be plenty of time to socialize with your colleagues. Come also to congratulate those who have won the C-TEL Innovation Awards and Certificates in Teaching.


Online Course Show & Tell

Tuesday, May 8, 12:00-1:00
Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format (so you can watch from your desk) and recorded (when possible).

This time Chaz Havens will present a course from the Advanced Systems Technology program.