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.

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C-TEL Workshops and Resources

Rethinking Assessments for an Online Setting

Friday, April 3 10:00-11:30 Online - Register Here

This session will cover a variety of alternative assessments for teaching online. If you are rethinking how and whether you will test students as you teach remotely, this session will help you think through your options.


Discussion Group: How to Recover the Joy of Teaching After an Online Pivot

Thursday, April 9 2:00-3:00 Online - Register Here

We will discuss the article, How to Recover the Joy of Teaching After an Online Pivot by Flower Darby  in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Please read the article before the session, and join us with questions and reactions.


C-TEL Peer Coaching for Online Teaching 

For any faculty who have specific questions or would like more personalized help as they begin to teach online, you can view information and a contact schedule of Washburn faculty who have volunteered to help. These faculty have experience teaching on-line and have volunteered to hold "virtual office hours" making themselves available for questions and support. Please note the list includes the best way(s) to contact each coach as well as their areas of expertise. Please contact CTEL with any questions (ctel@washburn.edu).


Assignments & Discussions in D2L

Monday, April 6, 2:30-4:00, Online - Register Here
OR Watch the Recording
In this session we cover how to create and score assignments and discussions in Desire2Learn.


Quizzes in D2L

Tuesday, April 7, 10:00-11:30, Online - Register Here
OR Watch the Recording
In this session we cover how to create and score quizzes in Desire2Learn.


Grades in D2L

Friday, April 3, 1:30-3:00, Online - Register Here
Wednesday, April 8, 2:30-4:00, Online - Register Here
In this session we cover how to set up your gradebook and enter grades in Desire2Learn.


D2L Basics

Watch the Recording
This session covers logging in, finding your course, general navigation, announcements, emailing, uploading files, and sharing links and videos.


Zoom Training

Zoom Quick Reference

Zoom has many recorded and live webinars available. We recommend the “Zoom Meetings for Education” option, however the “Getting Started with Zoom Meetings” would be helpful too (there is overlap between the two options). Use the Washburn Specific Zoom Information hand in hand with the information presented in the webinars hosted by Zoom.


Free Online Offerings from Outside Sources

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

  • Keeping Students Engaged in a Transition to Online Learning
    Watch the Recording
    View the Presentation Slides

    As educators across the country and at all levels rush to shift their teaching to a virtual environment, their first focus is content and delivery—rightly so. Faculty also need to know how to identify online at-risk student behaviors that, if mitigated, can lead to better course outcomes and satisfaction for faculty and students, alike.

    This session will help you identify ways to proactively keep your students engaged in an online environment (course) and understand what data you can use to help mitigate attrition.
  • How to Survive Your (Hurried) Switch to Online Delivery Using UDL
    Watch the Recording
    View the Presentation Slides

    In this webinar, we will discuss how to survive the process of converting your on-ground course to an online course, and even improve the course by applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is an educational framework that seeks to remove barriers by providing multiple means of engagement, representation and action and expression.


C-TEL Staff

Dr. Melanie Burdick

Dr. Melanie Burdick

  • is the Director of C-TEL and an Associate Professor of English. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching from KU, and a MA in English literature from University of Missouri -- Kansas City. She has been at Washburn since 2011.
Sue Taylor-Owens

Sue Taylor-Owens

  • is the Instructional Designer. She earned her Master of Science in Education, Information Technology emphasis, from the University of Nebraska - Kearney. She has been at Washburn since 2008.
Cat Jaynes

Cat Jaynes

  • is the Administrative Specialist for both C-TEL and Assessment. She has been at Washburn since 2016
Karen Barron

Karen Barron

  • is the Coordinator of Community Engaged Learning (HICEPs) and Lecturer in the English Department. She has an MFA in Fiction from Bennington College and a BA from Kansas State University. She has been at Washburn since 2006.
Michael Clouser

Michael Clouser

  • is the C-TEL Washburn Tech Coordinator. He is a technical instructor in the Transportation Division at Washburn Tech.

Teaching Fellows

Keith Farwell

Keith Farwell

  • Lecturer, Allied Health
    (Online Education)

Rik Hine

Rik Hine

  • Assistant Professor, Philosophy
    (Active Learning Pedagogy)

Kelly McClendon

Kelly McClendon

  • Lecturer, International Programs
    (Adjunct Faculty Support)
Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

  • Associate Professor, Psychology
    (Teaching Consultation)
Amy Memmer

Amy Memmer

  • Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
    (Active Learning Pedagogy)
Muffy Walter

Muffy Walter

  • Assistant Professor, English
    (Diversity and Inclusion)
Tina Williams

Tina Williams

  • Study Abroad Program Coordinator, International Programs
    (Diversity and Inclusion)
  • James Barraclough
  • Kevin Charlwood
  • Michael Clouser
  • Danielle Dempsey-Swopes
  • Rick Ellis
  • Kelly Erby
  • Michael Gleason
  • Vickie Kelly
  • John Lemon
  • Pamela Schmidt
  • Sue Taylor-Owens
  • Shirley Waugh
  • Gwen Wilson

C-TEL's Mission & Goals

The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL) is to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and enhance student learning at Washburn University and Washburn Tech.

C-TEL works collaboratively within the university community to develop and sustain a university culture that values and rewards teaching in all its forms and venues, respects and supports differences among learners, and creates enriched learning environments in which diverse students, faculty, and staff can excel.  We act as a resource for the university community by offering a wide array of research-based programs and services that support teaching.  We serve as a catalyst for university-wide dialogue that fosters a shared vision of teaching excellence and learning-centered education at Washburn and Washburn Tech.


The goals of the staff of C-TEL are to:

-Create a community of faculty, staff and peer student educators focused on the craft of teaching.

-Promote continued awareness of best practices in teaching and learning as reflected in literature.

-Promote and support the effective use of new technologies in the learning process to enhance student learning.

-Facilitate the use of teaching strategies that engage students in active learning.

-Promote and support the diffusion of diversity into courses, curricula, and co-curricular learning.

-Support research related to teaching and learning through assessment of student learning.

-Promote the use of dynamic high impact practices to enhance student learning.

-Promote and support the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Center for Teaching Excellence & Learning
Morgan Hall room 204
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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