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 Webinar - Beyond Syllabus Policies: What Strategies Help Students Take Responsibility for Learning?

Date: Wed 11/20/19 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Webinar

In this webinar, discover best practices to follow in the classroom that will encourage students to become better learners and not engage in unproductive behaviors.

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Working with First Generation College Students Part II: Teaching Strategies and Scenarios

Date: Thu 11/21/19 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Shawnee room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

This workshop will provide a brief overview of who first generation students are, including both national trends and WU-specific demographics, and what they need. Participants will engage in classroom scenarios and share strategies for working with and teaching first generation college students.

Winter Social

Date: Mon 12/02/19 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Location: Memorial Union Kansas room
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Networking

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.

Lunch and Learn

Date: Tue 12/03/19 11:10AM - 11:40AM
Location: Washburn Tech, Basement Conference Center
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

Faculty teaching methods roundtable. TBA

WU-mester Planning Workshop

Date: Mon 12/16/19 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 154
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

Get inspired to incorporate the 2020 spring semester topic “Citizenship and Suffrage” into your courses.

Learn more about the spring semester topic initiative, the 2020 topic, and brainstorm ways to use spring semester topic to advance one or more of your course learning objectives.

Online Winter Adjunct Institute

Date: Wed 12/18/19 12:00AM - Fri 01/10/20 11:30PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Course Design
Event Type: Workshop

This online 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. The class will open December 18, but no assignments will be due until after January 1.

Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Managing an Active Online Course

Date: Mon 01/06/20 12:00AM - Sun 03/08/20 11:30PM
Location: online
Pillar: Online Education
Event Type: Course Design

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 Keith Farwell, about managing a meaningful and active online course.

Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Online Design Course

Date: Mon 01/27/20 12:00AM - Sun 04/19/20 11:30PM
Location: online
Pillar: Online Education
Event Type: Course Design

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 and an assignment every other week.

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Wednesday Webinar: What Culturally Responsive Teaching Techniques Can I Use to Improve Learning?

Date: Wed 01/29/20 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Webinar

In this webinar, faculty become more aware of cultural differences as well as the intersectionality of all different cultures represented in the classroom to engage with students on a deeper level.

Adjunct Connection Meet Up

Date: Thu 01/30/20 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Location: Memorial Union Shawnee room
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Networking

Calling all adjunct instructors! Please join us at a casual gathering just for you to connect with each other. We will meet to gather informally to connect with each other. Food will be provided. Questions? Email Kelly McClendon (kelly.mcclendon@washburn.edu), your CTEL Fellow for Adjunct Faculty Support.

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Teaching Circle: White Fragility

Date: Tue 02/04/20 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Teaching Circle

Tuesday, February 4, 10:00-11:00
Tuesday, February 11, 10:00-11:00
Tuesday, February 18, 10:00-11:00

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Certificate of Teaching and Learning

Track and document your professional development activities by registering to earn your Certificate of Teaching and Learning.  Once you register for the certification process, we will begin tracking your participation in C-TEL sponsored events that focus on teaching excellence.  Each time you participate you will earn a badge for that event type that will be posted under your name in the participation list (see the Read More section for details and participation list).  Once you have earned nine badges you will have earned your Certificate of Teaching and Learning for that academic year. Certificates are awarded at the Celebration of Teaching at the end of the academic year.

Fill out this form to register for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning.

You need to register for a certificate EACH YEAR.

Find out more about badges and see the participant list

Certificate of Inclusive Teaching and Learning (New this year!)

This certificate is awarded to those who attend nine diversity events. When you are awarded this certificate, you will also be given a placard that can be posted on your office door and a confirmation statement that you can include in your syllabus stating that you have attended training in inclusive teaching techniques. Anyone who has registered for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning will automatically be registered for this certificate as well.

Fill out this form to register for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning.

You need to register for a certificate EACH YEAR.

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.

GET IN TOUCH WITH CTEL

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

Phone & Email
785.670.2835
ctel@washburn.edu

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