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

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Workshops

We are pleased to announce our 2015-2016 Workshop Schedule!!  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. Participation in many events is limited because of space constraints so please, register well in advance to ensure your place!

2015-2016 Schedule

August

Timely Teaching Tech

Monday, August 3, 12:00-4:00 pm
Mabee Library Room 206B
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Start your year off right with a just-in-time technology training.  During this afternoon session, faculty and staff from around campus will demonstrate how they use a variety of teaching technologies and will help you get your year started on the right foot.


Community Engagement Lunch - What are HICEPs?

Thursday, August 20, 12:00-1:00 pm
Memorial Union Vogel Room
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HICEPs Lunches offer faculty and community partners an opportunity to network and learn about High Impact Community Engagement Practices.  This month's lunch will focus on understanding what HICEPs are.  All HICEPs lunches are organized and orchestrated by Dr. Melanie Burdick.


Internal Grants Workshop

Monday, August 24, 2:00-3:30 pm
Memorial Union Kansas Room
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Come to learn about the internal grant funding opportunities available to faculty and staff at Washburn University.  Grants discussed will include Research Grants (Small Research, Major Research), Teaching and Learning Grants (Curriculum Development, Assessment, C-TEL Small Grants), and Professional Development Grants.  We will discuss the criteria for funding, reporting requirements, presentation requirements, and deadlines for each type of grant.  This workshop will be presented by Dr. Nancy Tate (Associate VPAA) and Dr. Margaret Wood (Director, C-TEL).


Teaching Technologies Workshop - Office Mix

Thursday, August 27, 3:15-4:15 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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Powerpoint gets interactive with Office Mix!  This hands-on session will show you how to add video and voiceover to a Powerpoint and you will begin to create your own Mix presentation.  Come get your feet wet in the pool of teaching technology as you experiment with this free and effective software that will allow you to create great interactive videos for your classes that can include polls and analytics too.


September

Faculty Development - Tenure & Promotion Workshop

Thursday, September 3, 2:00-4:00 pm
Memorial Union Kansas Room
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This annual workshop provides invaluable information about the Tenure and Promotion process. Whether you are a new faculty, a faculty member getting ready to submit a petition, a faculty member who serves on TP committees, or an administrator who reviews petitions, this workshop is a must for you.  Representatives from the VPAA office will walk you through the TP process highlighting key steps, deadlines, and communication points along the way.  Each of the Schools and the College will break down into smaller groups to discuss processes and procedures specific to each unit.


Active Learning Spaces Workshop:  New Directions for Teaching and Learning

Thursday, September 10, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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Learner-centered teaching strategies that emphasize peer interaction, discovery and active engagement are greatly enhanced by classroom space that is designed for movement, enables group work, supports quick reconfiguration and provides easy access for digital demands.  C-TEL and Instructional Services have teamed up to create an active learning space that is now being used on campus.  Please join us to learn about this classroom where faculty can seamlessly transition from mini-lectures, to small problem solving groups, to whole class discussions.  All of this is made possible by rolling desks, 360 degree whiteboards, and the judicious inclusion of technology (tablets) for classroom activities.


Community Engagement Lunch - Getting started

Thursday, September 17, 12:00-1:00 pm
Memorial Union Vogel Room
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HICEPs Lunches offer faculty and community partners an opportunity to network and learn about High Impact Community Engagement Practices.  This month's lunch will help faculty and community partners figure out how to get started planning and implementing a HICEP.


Teaching Technologies Workshop - Collaborating with OneDrive

Thursday, September 24, 3:15-4:15 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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Looking for a simple tool to keep everyone in your class up to date and working together as a team on a collaborative project?  Come to this workshop to learn how your students can save documents, spreadsheets, and presentation in One Drive; easily share them with others and work together either synchronously or asynchronously.  This workshop will be presented by Dr. Zach Frank and Sue Taylor-Owens and will give you the opportunity to practice using One Drive yourself.


October

Problem Based Learning Workshop: Assessing Students Ability to Apply Knowledge

Thursday, October 8, 3:15-4:15 pm
TBD
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Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn domain knowledge as well as broader thinking skills through the experience of solving problems.  Working in Groups students identify what they already know, what they need to know, and how and where to access new information that may lead to a resolution of the problem.  The role of the instructor is to facilitate learning by supporting, guiding, and monitoring the learning process.  This workshop will model the PBL process and will challenge faculty and staff to create problems to use in their own work.


External Grants Workshop

Friday, October 9, 2:00-3:30 pm
Memorial Union Kansas Room
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Are you ready to begin looking for grants to fund your research or teaching activities? The Office of Sponsored Projects is ready to help.  This workshop will focus on locating funding opportunities, strengthening grant writing skills, and developing grant proposals.


Writing Learning Outcomes Workshop

Monday, October 12, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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Do you know what you want students to know? When you write a solid learning outcome for an assignment, class, or even your program you are simply defining for yourself and your students what you want them to know.  A well written learning outcome helps you structure your teaching strategies and create effective assessments.  Ultimately though a learning outcome helps you to know if students are actually learning what you want them to learn.  Come to this workshop to learn about the basic components of a well written learning outcome and write some of your own.  Bring your own assignments, syllabi, or Program Learning Outcomes (P-SLO) to maximize this experience.  The workshop is led by Dr. Vickie Kelly, Dr. Melanie Burdick, and Dr. Margaret Wood, all members in good standing of the University Assessment Committee.  Participants will get the most out of this event if they attend all three special assessment workshop this month.


Community Engagement Lunch - How can I integrate or extend academic knowledge into community engagement?

Thursday, October 15, 12:00-1:00 pm
Memorial Union Vogel Room
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HICEPs Lunches offer faculty and community partners an opportunity to network and learn about High Impact Community Engagement Practices.  This month's lunch will emphasize the connection between classroom and community through a discussion of the integration of academic knowledge into community action.


Creating Assessments to Measure Student Learning Workshop

Monday, October 19, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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Once you have well written learning outcomes, how do you create assignments, quizzes, tests, questions, or problems that will help you to determine if students are learning what you want them to learn?  This interactive, problem-solving workshop will challenge participants to create assessments that will allow students to demonstrate their learning and rubrics that will make evaluation and grading a breeze. This workshop is the second in a series of special assessment workshops offered during Assessment Month (October) and is led by Dr. Melanie Burdick, Dr. Vickie Kelley and Dr. Margaret Wood, all members in good standing of the University Assessment Committee.


Designing Teaching Strategies to Facilitate Student Learning Workshop

Monday, October 26, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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Now that you have well written learning outcomes and you have created assignments so that students can demonstrate their learning, it is time to develop teaching strategies that will help students to learn the material.  Whether is is Problem Based Learning, interactive mini-lectures, gallery walks, or jigsaws, all teaching strategies should be guided by the ultimate objective -- student learning as defined by your objectives.  In this workshop you will look at your objectives and assessments and identify teaching strategies that are appropriate for the kind of learning you seek and engaging.


Teaching Technologies Workshop - Rubrics in D2L

Thursday, October 29, 3:15-4:15 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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Rubrics can make your life so much easier!  In this workshop you will learn how to create rubrics in D2L.  You will learn how to create criteria for evaluation and levels of achievement.  You will also learn how to link your rubrics to assignment and direct the scores you have assigned right into your grade book.  Save yourself time!  Save yourself frustration!  Learn how to use rubrics in D2L.


November

FERPA Workshop

Friday, November 6, 2:00-3:30 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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A potential employer calls to ask about the attendance record of one of your students who is applying for a job with her company.  What do you say?  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was passed by Congress to protect the privacy of students and parents.  Come to learn about FERPA so that you can answer this question and others with confidence.


Community Engagement Lunch - Finding and Selecting a Community Partner

Thursday, November 19, 12:00-1:00 pm
Memorial Union Vogel Room
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HICEPs Lunches offer faculty and community partners an opportunity to network and learn about High Impact Community Engagement Practices.  This months lunch will highlight the process of finding a community partner.


Teaching Technologies Workshop - Blogs for Reflective Journaling

Friday, November 20, 3:15-4:15 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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Reflective journals (or learning logs) are personal records of students' learning experiences and can be effectively used as part of any teaching strategy.  The reflection process, however is especially important to all  HICEPs.  While journals can be kept in a variety of formats, some instructors are using blogs as an effective tool that allows students to record and share their experiences with peers.  In this workshop you will learn about blog platforms that are supported by the university and can get started creating your own blog if you like.


January

Community Engagement Lunch - Working with a Community Partner

Thursday, January 21, 12:00-1:00 pm
Memorial Union Vogel Room
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HICEPs Lunches offer faculty and community partners an opportunity to network and learn about High Impact Community Engagement Practices.  Now that you have found a community partner, how do you effectively work together?  This months lunch with focus on developing and nurturing productive working relationships between campus and community partners.

February

Internal Grants Workshop

Friday, February 5, 2:00-3:30 pm
Memorial Union Vogel Room
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Come to learn about the internal grant funding opportunities available to faculty and staff at Washburn University.  Grants discussed will include Research Grants (Small Research, Major Research), Teaching and Learning Grants (Curriculum Development, Assessment, C-TEL Small Grants), and Professional Development Grants.  We will discuss the criteria for funding, reporting requirements, presentation requirements, and deadlines for each type of grant.  This workshop will be presented by Dr. Nancy Tate (Associate VPAA) and Dr. Margaret Wood (Director, C-TEL).


Social Media Monday

Monday, February 8, 2:00-3:00 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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Gamification Workshop: Enhancing Student Motivation in F2F, Blended, and Online Classes

Thursday, February 11, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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Is student motivation a problem in your class?  Educators across the country are turning to the serious, but fun strategy of gamification to increase student engagement and enhance student learning.  Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems.  This gamified workshop will introduce you to the foundations of gamification (motivational psychology) and game design technique.


Social Media Monday

Monday, February 15, 2:00-3:00 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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Community Engagement Lunch - Helping students reflect on their community-based learning

Thursday, February 18, 12:00-1:00 pm
Memorial Union Vogel Room
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HICEPs Lunches offer faculty and community partners an opportunity to network and learn about High Impact Community Engagement Practices.  Reflection is a key component of all HICEPs.  This months lunch will help campus and community partners to structure effective reflection activities and prompts.


Social Media Monday

Monday, February 22, 2:00-3:00 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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Teaching Technologies Workshop - Interactive Video

Thursday, February 25, 3:15-4:15 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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If you use videos from You Tube or TED in your classes this workshop is for you.  You can boost the efficacy of video content by embedding targeted questions and quizzes.  This helps students to reinforce their learning and it provides faculty with formative assessment. Bring a link to your favorite video resource and you will be able to embed a question before the workshop is done.


March

Cultural Diversity Workshop

Friday, March 4, 2:00-3:30 pm
Memorial Union Kansas Room
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Dr. Mia Bay (Yale University, Ph.D.) is a Professor of History and Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University.   She is a Fink Professor of Leadership and will inclusive classroom practice and diversifying the curriculum.


Culture Matters Workshop: Working with International Students

Monday, March 7, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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Our international students come from many places and are very different from one another.  They may be used to different classroom experiences and expectations from students raised in the U.S.  They may be from places where students don't quickly jump into class discussions, might be unfamiliar with pop quizzes, might have different assumptions about collaboration, might see the professor's role differently. In this workshop participants will experience the dislocation that students may feel when confronted with culturally distinct expectations of classrooms and the educational experience.  Participants will also learn about Universal Design practices that help international students and all students.


Universal Design Workshop

Thursday, March 10, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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Culture Matters Workshop: Working with Saudi Arabian Students

Monday, March 21, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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Over the past few years there have been a rapidly growing number of Saudi Arabian students on the Washburn campus.  These students arrive on campus with unique educational challenges and cultural values that can complicate their chances for success in an American classroom.  In this workshop Saudi students will tell us themselves about their views of family, collectivist social relations, group work, leadership, and negotiation.  Their perspectives about these issues shape how they approach and experience your classroom.  Participants will formulate Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices that use cultural knowledge, prior experiences and performance styles of diverse students, to make learning more effective.


Community Engagement Lunch - Assessing HICEPs

Thursday, March 24, 12:00-1:00
Memorial Union Vogel Room
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HICEPs Lunches offer faculty and community partners an opportunity to network and learn about High Impact Community Engagement Practices.  How do you know that your students are learning anything from their HICEP?  Join us as we explore strategies to assess and evaluate student learning for HICEPs.


Teaching Technologies Workshop - Zoom Video Conferencing

Thursday, March 24, 3:15-4:15 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
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Video conferencing is an excellent way to bring people together.  In this workshop you will learn the basics of Zoom.  Whether you use video conferencing to facilitate international guest lecturers or just as a regular part of your classroom practice, this workshop will be helpful in walking you through the basics.


Culture Matters Workshop:  Working with Chinese and Japanese Students

Monday, March 28, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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Students from Asia come to American universities with distinct views about the nature and rules of education.  This workshop will focus on two different cultural groups that are arriving in larger numbers to our campus; Chinese students and Japanese students.  There are dramatic differences both within and between these two groups (and we caution against generalization), but this workshop will focus on five cultural differences that help us to understand the perspective of these international students including: (1) definitions of learning rooted in morality; (2) valuing collectivism; (3) faith in rule of law; (4) focus on memorization; (5) formal social relationships; (6) seeing silence as a sign of respect. The perspectives of Chinese and Japanese students about these issues shape how they approach and experience your classroom.  Participants will formulate Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices that use cultural knowledge, prior experiences and performance styles of diverse students, to make learning more effective.


April

Tenure & Promotion Workshop: Prepare Your Petition

Thursday, April 7, 2:00-3:30 pm
Memorial Union Kansas Room
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Your tenure and promotion petition is the story of your professional life at Washburn.  Come to this workshop to get hints and tips on presenting your story in the most effective way.  This workshop is designed for people who will be working on their petitions for promotion and tenure over the summer months and is filled with practical advice from representatives from all of the schools and the college, our time will be spent discussing organization, content, and style of your petition.


Flip Your Class Workshop

Thursday, April 14, 3:15-4:15 pm
Garvey Room 231
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The flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching methods, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving "homework" into the classroom.  Educational technology and activity learning are two key components of the flipped classroom.  This workshop will focus on helping you to develop learning activities that encourage students to apply and extend their knowledge.


Community Engagement Lunch - Brainstorming and problem-solving community-engaged learning

Thursday, April 21, 12:00-1:00
Memorial Union Vogel Room
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HICEPs Lunches offer faculty and community partners an opportunity to network and learn about High Impact Community Engagement Practices.  In our final lunchtime event of the year we will reflect on the challenges and successes we have encountered in developing community-engaged learning opportunities for students.


Teaching Technologies Workshop - Office Mix

Thursday, April 28, 3:15-4:15 pm
Mabee Library Room 205
Register Here

PowerPoint gets interactive with Office Mix!  This hands-on session will show you how to add video and voiceover to a Powerpoint and you will begin to create your own Mix presentation.  Come get your feet wet in the pool of teaching technology as you experiment with this free and effective software that will allow you to create great interactive videos for your classes that can include polls and analytics too.