C-TELCenter for Teaching Excellence and Learning

Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

Our Temporary Location

206A Mabee Library | Washburn University | 785.670.2546


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

We work 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.

Help Us Build

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning was established in January 2014.  Over the next year we will be building and growing.  We hope that faculty and staff from across campus will play an active role in determining what the Center will be.  The Director of C-TEL, Dr. Margaret Wood is meeting with stakeholders across campus to gather input and feedback.  Whether you are able to attend one of these sessions or not, please check our web site regularly and keep an eye on our SeeTell Blog to stay abreast of the latest developments.  If you have ideas or suggestions or want to be more involved please let us know.  Contact us directly, through out Suggestion Box (bottom left of page) or respond to our blog postings.  We appreciate your input!

We hope to be moved into our temporary location at 206A Mabee Library in April.  Until then, please contact us by phone or e-mail. 

What C-TEL Hopes to Do

Through the programs and activities that will be developed collaboratively by faculty and staff across campus the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning ultimately seeks to:

  • Promote the ongoing development of Washburn faculty and staff as a community of teacher-scholars where the theory and practice of teaching and learning are valued, shared, and sustained.
  • Provide programs and resources that support the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Provide programs that promote innovation, diversity, and inclusiveness in courses, curricula, and other learning experiences.
  • Support and guide those who seek to integrate instructional technology into their classrooms and other learning venues.
  • Enhance awareness of best practices of teaching and learning as reflected in the professional literature.
  • Encourage teaching strategies that engage students in active learning such as collaborative activities, group and cooperative learning, undergraduate research, team-based learning, problem-based learning.
  • Promote of the infusion of High Impact Practices that ask students to apply their learning to real-world challenges in a sustained, thoughtful, and reflective fashion.
  • Provide one-on-one consultation that fosters the professional growth of faculty as teachers.
  • Assist with course-based assessment.