C-TELCenter for Teaching Excellence and Learning

Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

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Email: ctel@washburn.edu, location: Mabee Library 206A, phone: 785.670.2835 (CTEL), hours: 9-4 Mon-Fri

Workshops, Webinars and Symposia

We are pleased to announce our 2014 Workshop, Webinar and Symposia Schedule!!  At C-TEL each month's programming is organized around a central theme and our Workshops and Webinars complement that theme.  Both workshops and webinars are designed to be interactive and engaging.  Participation in many events is limited because of space constraints.  So please register well in advance to insure your place!  

Workshops 2014

Workshops are 1-2 hour face-to-face presentations/discussions/activities that are designed to help faculty and staff learn more about teaching and learning.  Our workshops are often collaborative endeavors carried out in association with the Faculty Development Committee, Assessment Committee, Diversity Initiative, High Impact Practices Committee and other campus partners.

October: Assessment

October 3, 3:00-5:00 pm, Washburn Room

Assessment Extravaganza

Join us for a glass of wine and hors d'oeurves while you learn more about how your colleagues around campus are assessing the learning of students in their courses and programs.  This workshop is carried out in cooperation with the Assessment Committee and the Faculty Development Committee. 


October 9, 3:00-4:30 pm, Lincoln Room

Crafting Learning Outcomes

This workshop is designed to guide faculty in writing clear, measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) for their courses.  We will discuss the mechanics of writing learning outcomes and participants will have ample time to work individually and as teams crafting outcomes for their courses.  Assessment Mentors will be on hand to work one-on-one with participants.  You may consider coming as a department team for best results!


October 16, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, 206B Mabee

Teaching Technology Workshop:  Using Polling Software (Socrative etc.) For Formative Assessment

This workshop will introduce participants to the basic features of polling software and will demonstrate how to use it in your class.  Polling software can be very essential in determining what students have learned in a quick easy way, so that you know if they have mastered the content covered.

November:  High Impact Practices!

November 6, 10-11:30 am, Mulvane

Assessing High Impact Practices

This workshop will be led by Dr. McGown, a visiting Fink Professor and will complement his University-wide Keynote address on High Impact Practices.  Even if you are just begin to consider incorporating a High Impact Practice into one of your classes, this session will be useful.  Dr. McGown will discuss concrete strategies for evaluating student learning in experiential contexts.


November 12, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Vogel

High Impact Practices: What Are They and Who Uses Them?

Education experts are urging campuses across the country to implement "High Impact Practices."  Most of us, however are still scratching our heads wondering "what exactly are High Impact Practices!"  This workshop will present a definition of High Impact Practices that is used at Washburn University, introduce you to the range of activities that are considered "high impact," and provide you with several concrete examples of HIP that are currently being used at Washburn.


November 20, 3:00-4:30 pm, 206B Mabee

Teaching Technology Workshop:  Facilitating Communication with Video Conferencing 

Many High Impact Practices may involve working with community partners or experts across the globe.  Video conferencing is an excellent way to bring people together.  In this workshop you will learn the basics of Zoom and Adobe Connect.  Whether you use video conferencing to facilitate HIP or just as a regular part of your classroom practice, this workshop will be helpful in walking you through the basics.

February:  Teaching Technologies

February 6, 12:00-1:30 pm, TBA

Guest presenter Dr. Michael Wesh from Kansas State University (2008 US Professor of the Year) will meet with a small number of faculty for intimate discussion and workshop on using social media in the classroom.


February 12, 3:00-4:30 pm Vogel

Flip Your Class

By using "flipped classroom" model you use technology to convey content outside of the classroom, freeing up more time for meaningful, interactive activities during class time.  Come learn about some of the basic principles of flipping and learn about how several faculty around campus are utilizing the flipped classroom model.  We will save plenty of time for discussion.


February 19, 3:00- 4:30 pm, 206B Mabee

Teaching Technologies Workshop: Screencasting


In this workshop you will learn what screencasting is and be briefly introduced to various software tools that can be used for screencasting. 

March: On-line and Hybrid Teaching

March 12, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Vogel

A Different Creature All Together:  Effective Course Design For the On-Line Classes

Many of us are asked to teach on-line classes but few of us have ever been shown how to organize and structure our classes effectively for the on-line learning environment.  This workshop will talk about the practical challenges of teaching on-line and will offer concrete tips, hints, and guides for creating an effective on-line class.


March 26, 3:00-4:00 pm, 206B Mabee

Teaching Technology Workshop:  Using VoiceThread to Create Engaging On-line Discussions

VoiceThread is an app that allows students to easily record a short video comment that can be posted to the LMS.  Bringing faces and voices into on-line discussions creates a more personal and engaging way for students to learn to interact, discuss, and participate in the important debates in which you hope they will engage.  In this workshop you will be introduced to VoiceThread and will be shown how to create and post VT content.

April: Diversity

April 9, 3:00-4:00 pm, TBA

CTEL Players Present: Diversity Matters

Dr. Sharon Sullivan directs the CTEL players in a series of short sketches highlighting issues of diversity that are encountered by faculty, staff, and students across campus.  Skits highlight teaching related challenges and classroom practice.  Designed to be fun and interactive.


April 16, 3:00-4:00 pm, 206B Mabee

Teaching Technologies Workshop: Podcasting 

Students learn in many ways and instructors who use a variety of teaching tools are more likely to engage a larger number of students.  Podcasting could be another arrow in your teaching quiver.  You can create podcasts of course content or assign students a podcasting assignment.  In this workshop you will learn about the tools you will need for podcasting, the elements of an effective podcast, and the steps you need to follow to post a podcast to D2L. 

Webinars 2014

Webinars are scheduled on two Wednesdays of each month so we are calling these events  Wednesday Webinars.  Webinars vary in length from 20 to 90 minutes, but most are on the shorter end of the spectrum, allowing time for discussion and interaction.  Webinars are organized around the monthly theme.  Participation in Wednesday Webinars is limited to 15 so please register well in advance!

October: Assessment

October 1, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, 205 Mabee Library
Five Tips for Writing Learning Outcomes
(20 min + discussion)

October 15, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Cottonwood
Assessment Strategies for a Flipped Classroom

November:  High Impact Practices!

November 5, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Lincoln Room
Is Service Learning Right For My Class? 
(20 min. + discussion)
November 19, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Cottonwood 
Service Learning Course Design (50 min.)

December: Grading

December 3, 3:00-4:00 pm, Lincoln Room
How to Make Exams More about Learning and Less About Grades?
(20 min. + discussion)

Jan/Feb:  Teaching Technologies

January 21, 12:00-1:00 pm, Cottonwood
How Do I Create a Climate For Learning in My Classroom
(20 min. + discussion) 

February 4, 3:00-4:00 pm, Cottonwood
How Do I Use VoiceThread? 
(20 min. + discussion)

February 18, 12:00-1:00 pm, Cottonwood
Learner Centered Technology:  Aligning Technology and Learning Goals
(20 min. + discussion)

March: On-line and Hybrid Teaching

March 4, 3:00-4:00 pm, Cottonwood
Teaching On-line Next Semester:  What Do I Need to Know?
(20 min. + discussion)

March 25, 12:00-1:00 pm, Cottonwood
5 Ways to Improve Interaction in Your On-line Class (60 min.)

April: Diversity

April 1, 3:00-4:00 pm, Cottonwood
How Flexible Should I Be with Non-Trad Students?
(20 min. + discussion)

April 15, 12:00-1:30 pm, Cottonwood
4 Ways to Engage the Multicultural Classroom 
(90 min.)

May: Pedogogy and Practice

May 6, 3:00-4:00 pm, Cottonwood
 Can Rubrics Make Grading Easier?
 (20 min. + discussion)

May 20, 12:00-1:00 pm, Cottonwood
How Can I Make My Multiple-Choice Exams More Effective? 
(20 min. + discussion)

June:  Freeform For Summer

June 3, 3:00-4:00 pm, Cottonwood
Communication Musts for an On-line Class? 
(20 min. + discussion)

June 24, 12:00-1:00 pm, Cottonwood
Use Technology to Create Custom Feedback.
 (20 min. + discussion)