C-TELCenter for Teaching Excellence and Learning

Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

Contact Us
Email: ctel@washburn.edu, location: Morgan Hall 204, phone: 785.670.2835 (CTEL), hours: 9-3 Mon-Fri

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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...

Monday (1/22)

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Luncheon

11:30-1:00, Memorial Union Washburn B
Register Here

The office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning will present Washburn’s 2017 HERI Faculty Survey results - with particular attention to strengths and weaknesses and how we compare to similar institutions across the nation. Following the presentation of results, there will be a discussion regarding how this important data might inform our daily work and strategic planning.

Wednesday (1/24)

Teaching Matters: Strategies for Active Learning

1:00-2:15, Garvey room 231
Register Here

This Teaching Matters Learning Community led by Amy Memmer and Jericho Hockett is 5 days (spread between January to March) and designed to facilitate faculty and staff explorations of student-centered active learning strategies, including developing and trouble-shooting activities, problems, and lessons. Participants will be asked to complete readings, short reflexive pieces, and some basic research. By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

    1. Define the benefits and limitations of active learning strategies
    2. Practice a concrete set of active learning strategies in your classrooms, including through use of available active learning technologies
    3. Distinguish among strategies appropriate for different learning contexts (in person, online)
    4. Begin developing relevant active learning strategies
    5. Evaluate active learning teaching practices

Giving Students Feedback in Online Courses

2:00-3:00, Memorial Union Cottonwood room
Register Here

Many instructors of online courses struggle with providing useful, effective, timely feedback to their students, and many of us may feel that we are alone in trying to improve or redesign the way we comment on or respond to student assignments. If you would like to know more about possible ways of providing and designing feedback to your online students and exchange ideas and experiences with other online instructors, join us for this workshop, which will offer both insights from recent scholarship on online instruction and practical suggestions.

Tuesday (1/30)

Technology Lunch & Learn

12:00-1:00, Morgan Hall room 205
Register Here

Bring your lunch and join us as we discuss technology that has worked, hasn't worked, and might work in your teaching. We will discuss the things you want to be able to do and how you might be able to do them using technology. Don't feel like you have to come for the whole discussion. Drop in and out as you need to.

Wednesday (1/31)

Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Recent Applications and Use in Teaching

9:00-11:00, Memorial Union Kansas room
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Joint collaboration with C-TEL, 712 Innovation Topeka and the Art Department.

The demo and presentations will include:

    • Ben Rufenacht: SoundStage (Music), Tilt Brush (Art) and VR games.
    • David Corr: Experiments with artistic /interactive applications
    • Azyz Sharafy: Class room application of AR-Augmented Reality projects
    • WU Art Students: Presenting their AR class projects.

Saturday (2/3)

QOCI: Managing Active Online Course

February 3 - April 15, Online
Register Here

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 Becky Dodge, about managing a meaningful and active online course.

QOCI: Online Course Design Course

February 3 - April 29, Online
Register Here

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 or an assignment every other week.

Upcoming Schedule

January

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Luncheon

January 22, 11:30-1:00
Memorial Union Washburn B
Register Here

The office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning will present Washburn’s 2017 HERI Faculty Survey results - with particular attention to strengths and weaknesses and how we compare to similar institutions across the nation. Following the presentation of results, there will be a discussion regarding how this important data might inform our daily work and strategic planning.


Teaching Matters: Strategies for Active Learning

Wednesday, January 24, 1:00-2:15
Wednesday, February 7, 1:00-2:15pm
Wednesday, February 21, 1:00-2:15pm
Wednesday, March 7, 1:00-2:15pm
Wednesday, March 28, 1:00-2:15pm
Garvey room 231
Register Here

You only need to registered for this event (once you are registered on this event you will be automatically registered for all 5 dates).

This Teaching Matters Learning Community (led by Amy Memmer and Jericho Hockett) is designed to facilitate faculty and staff explorations of student-centered active learning strategies, including developing and trouble-shooting activities, problems, and lessons. Participants will be asked to complete readings, short reflexive pieces, and some basic research. By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Define the benefits and limitations of active learning strategies
  2. Practice a concrete set of active learning strategies in your classrooms, including through use of available active learning technologies
  3. Distinguish among strategies appropriate for different learning contexts (in person, online)
  4. Begin developing relevant active learning strategies
  5. Evaluate active learning teaching practices

Giving Students Feedback in Online Courses

Wednesday, January 24, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
Register Here

Many instructors of online courses struggle with providing useful, effective, timely feedback to their students, and many of us may feel that we are alone in trying to improve or redesign the way we comment on or respond to student assignments. If you would like to know more about possible ways of providing and designing feedback to your online students and exchange ideas and experiences with other online instructors, join us for this workshop, which will offer both insights from recent scholarship on online instruction and practical suggestions.


Technology Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, January 30, 12:00-1:00
Morgan Hall room 205
Register Here

Bring your lunch and join us as we discuss technology that has worked, hasn't worked, and might work in your teaching. We will discuss the things you want to be able to do and how you might be able to do them using technology. Don't feel like you have to come for the whole discussion. Drop in and out as you need to.


Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Recent Applications and Use in Teaching

Wednesday, January 31, 9:00-11:00
Memorial Union Kansas room
Register Here

Joint collaboration with C-TEL, 712 Innovation Topeka and the Art Department.

The demo and presentations will include:

  • Ben Rufenacht: SoundStage (Music), Tilt Brush (Art) and VR games.
  • David Corr: Experiments with artistic /interactive applications
  • Azyz Sharafy: Class room application of AR-Augmented Reality projects
  • WU Art Students: Presenting their AR class projects.

February

QOCI: Online Course Design Course

Saturday, February 3 - April 29
Online
Register Here

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 or an assignment every other week.


QOCI: Managing Active Online Course

Saturday, February 3 - April 15
Online
Register Here

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 Becky Dodge, about managing a meaningful and active online course.


Online Course Show & Tell

Monday, February 5, 12:00-1:00
Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format and recorded (when possible).

This time Angela Duncan will present one of her Psychology courses.


Megan Phelps-Roper - The Importance of Civil Dialogue in the Classroom

Monday, February 5, 4:00-5:15
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Convocation Hall
Register Here

Megan Phelps-Roper is a graduate of Washburn University and was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas. Civil dialogue with "enemies" online proved instrumental in her deradicalization, and she has become an advocate for people and ideas she was taught to despise -- especially the value of empathy in dialogue with people across ideological lines. 

This event will be for Washburn University Faculty and Staff. How do we provide space for civil discourse on a university campus? Ms. Phelps-Roper will share her insight into how civil dialogue has benefitted her and can benefit our students.


Megan Phelps-Roper - Learning from “Enemies”: Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

Monday, February 5, 7:00-8:30
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Convocation Hall
Register Here

Megan Phelps-Roper is a graduate of Washburn University and was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas. Civil dialogue with "enemies" online proved instrumental in her deradicalization, and she has become an advocate for people and ideas she was taught to despise -- especially the value of empathy in dialogue with people across ideological lines. 

This event will be for all Washburn students, employees, and the Topeka community. Ms. Phelps-Roper will share her story of being a member of the Westboro Baptist Church and then leaving to advocate for marginalized people she was once taught to hate.


Teaching Circle - Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Wednesday, February 7, 2:00-3:00
Wednesday, February 14, 2:00-3:00
Wednesday, February 21, 2:00-3:00
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

You only need to registered for this event (once you are registered on this event you will be automatically registered for all 3 dates).

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.


Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Minutes?

Wednesday, February 7, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. Discover how UDL benefits all students and gives extra support to vulnerable groups, including single parents, working students, and military learners.


Lunch and Learn

Thursday, February 8, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


Assessment Extravaganza

Thursday, February 8, 2:30-4:30
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Convocation Hall
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The theme of this year’s Assessment Extravaganza will be “Reflection on Assessment”.  Results of multi-year testing as well as the results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the HERI Faculty Survey will be highlighted in poster presentations. Participants will be asked to reflect with presenters on what this means to you as faculty or staff at Washburn, where are we excelling and what do we need to improve.  Bring your best ideas and join us for dialogue and refreshments.


Staying in the Conversation: Students’ Online Diversity Discussions

Tuesday, February 13, 2:30-3:45
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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This workshop begins with an analysis of categories of students’ responses to diversity-related topics during online discussions. The analysis is followed by review and discussion of follow-up guided reflective essays (with rubric) as a means for facilitating student growth along diversity issues and encouraging them to remain in conversation about diversity (which some may find challenging). Faculty are invited to share processes they use to encourage student growth in conversations about diversity.


Teaching Circle - Teaching Naked

Tuesday, February 13, 3:10-4:10pm
Tuesday, February 27, 3:10-4:10pm
Tuesday, March 13, 3:10-4:10pm
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You only need to registered for this event (once you are registered on this event you will be automatically registered for all 3 dates).

You've heard about "flipping your classroom"—now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize "naked" face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments.

Study Abroad Program Development

Wednesday, February 14, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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Are you interested in developing a faculty-led program, but not sure how to get started?  Then this workshop is for you!  Bring your ideas and questions.  A copy of the Study Abroad Program Development Guide and Program Proposal will be provided, along with additional instructions for completing the proposal process. First time program leaders and assistants are encouraged to attend.


HICEPs How-Tos Workshop

Tuesday, February 20, 1:00-2:00
Memorial Union Vogel room
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How do you design a hicep project/course/class that benefits both students and the community organization? How do you establish a partnership with a community organization? We’ll answer these questions and more in this workshop. You’ll learn what constitutes a hicep, what is important in planning a hicep, and how hiceps are “graded” or assessed. There will be many examples of successful hiceps and many ideas of how you can incorporate a hicep in one of your courses.


Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Build Community in My Online Classes?

Wednesday, February 21, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
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Discover effective, easy-to-implement techniques to help instill in your online students the cooperation, trust, respect, and enthusiasm that are hallmarks of strong learning communities.


Lunch and Learn

Thursday, February 22, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


Technology Lunch & Learn

Monday, February 26, 12:00-1:00
Morgan Hall room 205
Register Here

Bring your lunch and join us as we discuss technology that has worked, hasn't worked, and might work in your teaching. We will discuss the things you want to be able to do and how you might be able to do them using technology. Don't feel like you have to come for the whole discussion. Drop in and out as you need to.


Study Abroad International Opportunities for Faculty

Wednesday, February 28, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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Are you interested in bringing the world to your classroom?  This workshop will highlight international resources available to WU Faculty such as an International Sweet Sabbatical, Magellan Faculty Exchange, and funding available for scholarly /creative presentations and uncompensated teaching through the International Travel Fund.  Faculty will share how they incorporate their international experience into curriculum development and International Programs Staff will share the process of applying and navigating the logistics on and off campus.


March

Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, March 6, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Days?

Wednesday, March 7, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. This program covers four effective UDL strategies that go beyond legal compliance requirements. You will finish with a 20-day plan to customize a learning experience for all students that will last throughout the course and beyond the classroom.


Online Course Show & Tell

Thursday, March 8, 12:00-1:00
Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format (so you can watch from your desk) and recorded (when possible).

This time Becky Dodge will present a course from the Radiation Therapy program.


Wednesday Webinar: How Do I Create Social Presence in My Online Class?

Wednesday, March 14, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
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Learn the tools and techniques for successfully building social presence in online courses.

Excellence in Teaching: What Our Students Say

Tuesday, March 27, 1:00-2:00
Memorial Union Lincoln room
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Last November, 87 Washburn juniors and seniors were asked to describe what they thought excellent college teachers did both in and out of the classroom. Come to this workshop to hear the results of this survey and also brainstorm ideas of how you might be able to integrate this information into your own classroom practice.


Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Months?

Wednesday, March 28, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. In this program, you’ll discover specific places where students benefit the most from UDL principles. You’ll see how to provide learners with full alternative paths through your courses—and how to execute this in about 20 months.


Technology Lunch & Learn

Thursday, March 29, 12:00-1:00
Morgan Hall room 205
Register Here

Bring your lunch and join us as we discuss technology that has worked, hasn't worked, and might work in your teaching. We will discuss the things you want to be able to do and how you might be able to do them using technology. Don't feel like you have to come for the whole discussion. Drop in and out as you need to.


April

Teaching Circle - Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice

Monday, April 2, 2:00-3:00
Monday, April 9, 2:00-3:00
Monday, April 16, 2:00-3:00
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

You only need to registered for this event (once you are registered on this event you will be automatically registered for all 3 dates).

Come learn about making universal design for learning a reality in your classroom. Give access to all students with inclusive teaching strategies. Universal Design in Higher Education looks at the design of physical and technological environments at institutions of higher education; at issues pertaining to curriculum and instruction; and at the full array of student services. As greater numbers of students with disabilities attend postsecondary educational institutions, administrators have expressed increased interest in making their programs accessible to all students. This book provides both theoretical and practical guidance for practitioners as they work to turn this admirable goal into a reality.


Teaching with your Strengths (2 day workshop)

Wednesday, April 4, 3:00-5:00
Wednesday, April 11, 3:00-5:00
Memorial Union Shawnee room
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Are you looking for new ways to engage and inspire your students? Are you curious about how positive psychology could make you a better instructor? Learn to teach with your strengths and make the most of your natural talents in two workshops:

Day 1: StrengthsFinder assessment; facilitators: Marta Haut and James Barraclough

Day 2: Teaching with Your Strengths; facilitators: Courtney Sullivan and James Barraclough. The second workshop will conclude with time for discussion about ways to continue the conversation and create a path for our students to learn about their strengths. 

All participants will be given a copy of  Teach with Your Strengths.


Online Course Show & Tell

Thursday, April 5, 12:00-1:00
Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format (so you can watch from your desk) and recorded (when possible).

This time Keith Mazachek will present a self-paced Physics course.


Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, April 10, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


Wednesday Webinar: How Do I Use Controversial Issues to Build Cognitive Skills in My Students?

Wednesday, April 18, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
Register Here

Learn how to use difficult discussions to improve students’ ability to reason—and help them function as respectful members of a civil society.


Tenure & Promotion Workshop

Monday, April 23, 12:30-2:30
Memorial Union Kansas room
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Contract Grading

Wednesday, April 25, 1:30-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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Contract grading systems have their root in the writing classroom, but that doesn’t mean the ideas upon which they’re based don’t have a use within other disciplines, as well. This workshop will introduce some philosophies foundational to a contract-based method of grading and help instructors think of ways contracts can be used in their own classes to help emphasize student responsibility, shift emphasis away from one-off assessment of skills, and draw attention to the development of skills through revision and “putting in the work.”


Lunch and Learn

Thursday, April 26, 11:10-11:40
Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

This is just a chance for Instructors across campus to get together and discuss teaching methods and get to know each other. Something work well for you in your class? Tell us about it! Having problems in your class? Come talk to other instructors across campus and get some good advice. Just starting out as an instructor? This is a great place to ask questions.


Technology Lunch & Learn

Friday, April 27, 12:00-1:00
Morgan Hall room 205
Register Here

Bring your lunch and join us as we discuss technology that has worked, hasn't worked, and might work in your teaching. We will discuss the things you want to be able to do and how you might be able to do them using technology. Don't feel like you have to come for the whole discussion. Drop in and out as you need to.


May

Celebration of Teaching

Tuesday, May 1, 3:00-5:00
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Convocation Hall
Register Here

Celebrate the academic year with food, drink and conversation. There will be plenty of time to socialize with your colleagues. Come also to congratulate those who have won the C-TEL Innovation Awards and Certificates in Teaching.


Online Course Show & Tell

Tuesday, May 8, 12:00-1:00
Online
Register Here

Would you like to see how other faculty structure and teach their online courses? As part of the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) program, each month a faculty will present one of their online courses and explain how they teach online. These presentations will be in webinar format (so you can watch from your desk) and recorded (when possible).

This time Chaz Havens will present a course from the Advanced Systems Technology program.