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

Annual Reports

2014-2015 Report

About Us

C-TEL Staff

Dr. Melanie Burdick

Dr. Melanie Burdick is the Director of C-TEL and an Assistant Professor of English. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching (with an emphasis in composition and rhetoric) from KU, and a MA in English literature from University of Missouri -- Kansas City. She has been teaching since 1993, and 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 working as the Instructional Designer at Washburn since 2008.

Michael Clouser

Michael Clouser is the C-TEL Washburn Tech Coordinator. He is a technical instructor in the Transportation Division at Washburn Tech. Michael is our point-person at Tech assuring that instructors at Tech have opportunities for technical education and faculty development.

Teaching Fellows

Zach Frank Chaz Havens
Zach Frank
Assistant Professor, SAS
(Technology Use and Availability)
Chaz Havens
Technical Instructor, Washburn Tech
(Technology Use and Availability)
Jericho Hockett Kelly McClendon
Jericho Hockett
Assistant Professor, CAS
(Active Learning Pedagogy)
Kelly McClendon
Lecturer, CAS
(Adjunct Faculty Support)
Amy Memmer Kathy Menzie
Amy Memmer
Assistant Professor, SAS
(Active Learning Pedagogy)
Kathy Menzie
Professor, CAS
(HICEPs)
Tracy Routsong Sandra Tutwiler
Tracy Routsong
Professor, CAS
(Teaching Consultation Coordinator)
Sandra Tutwiler
Professor, CAS
(Teaching and Learning Diversity)

Our Mission

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.

Our Goals

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.

2016-2017 Event List

August

  • D2L Training Part 1 (August 23)
  • Morning Open House (August 25)
  • Evening Open House (August 25)
  • Internal Grant Workshop (August 30)
  • Programs to Improve Your Online Instruction (August 31)

September

  • Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Online Design Course (September 5)
  • Strategies for Responding to Student Writing (September 6)
  • Wednesday Webinar: What Should I Do When a Student Cheats? (September 7)
  • New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Competencies (September 8)
  • Teaching Matters Active Learning Strategies (September 9, 23, October 7, 21, & November 4)
  • Promotion and Tenure Workshop (September 9)
  • Teaching Circle - Team Based Learning (September 12, 19 & 26)
  • Teaching Circle - Putting Your Data to Work: Improving Instruction in Career & Technical Education (September 13, 20 & 27)
  • Community Engagement Lunch for Faculty (September 14)
  • Teaching Matters Stand and Deliver: Helping our students make effective presentations (September 19, 26, October 3, & 17)
  • OSP Hot Topic Brown Bag (September 20)
  • Study Abroad Program Development (September 21)
  • Using D2L Rubrics to Provide Effective Student Feedback (September 22)
  • OSP External Grants Workshop (September 23)
  • Teaching Matters Video (September 23, October 7, 21, November 4, & 18)
  • Degree Works Training (September 27, 28, & 29)
  • Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation? (September 28)
  • D2L Training Part 2 (September 29)
  • Six Science-Backed Learning Strategies (September 29)

October

  • Wednesday Webinar: What Do Students Want in Online Courses? (October 5)
  • OSP Grant Maker Space (October 7)
  • Using Screencasting to Provide Effective Student Feedback (October 11)
  • Teaching Circle - Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect (October 12, 19 & 26)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: Creating Partnerships (October 13)
  • New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Lesson Plans (October 13)
  • OSP Searching for Grants (October 13)
  • Multi-level Teaching Panel (October 14)
  • From Syllabus to Final Exam: Aligning Teaching and Learning to Maximize Impact (October 18)
  • Beyond Term Papers and Tests: Designing Innovative Assessments to Foster Learning (October 18)
  • Not Just Bells and Whistles: Integrating Web 2.0 Technology in the Classroom (October 19)
  • Creating Quick and Easy Mini Lectures (October 24)
  • OSP Hot Topic Brown Bag (October 25)
  • OSP Searching for Grants (October 25)
  • Study Abroad Health, Safety & Policies (October 26)
  • D2L Training Part 3 (October 27)

November

  • Teaching Circle - Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect (November 2, 9 & 16)
  • Wednesday Webinar: Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class? (November 2)
  • New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Assessments (November 3)
  • OSP Writing the Grant (November 3)
  • OSP Grant Maker Space (November 4)
  • Teaching Circle - What Great College Teachers Do (November 7, 14 & 21)
  • OSP Searching for Grants (November 7)
  • Teaching Circle - Scenario-based e-Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Online Workforce Learning (November 8, 15 & 22)
  • Encouraging More Efficient Group Collaboration (November 8)
  • Community Engagement Lunch Panel (November 9)
  • D2L Training Part 4 (November 10)
  • Creating Space for Mixed-Race Students (November 15)
  • Successful Team-Based Learning (November 16)

December

  • Winter Social (December 1)
  • Teaching Matters - Creative Course Condensing Planning: Creating an effective 8-week course (December 5)
  • What To-do? Student Checklists (December 6)
  • Wednesday Webinar: How Do I Prepare a SoTL Article for Publication? (December 7)
  • New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Classroom Management (December 8)
  • Morning & Afternoon Grade-In & Snacks (December 14)

January

  • Winter Adjunct Institute (January 8 - 15)
  • Teaching Matters - Creative Course Condensing: Creating an effective 8-week course (January 23, February 6, 20, March 6, 27, & April 10)
  • “Should I Wait Until After Tenure?” Fostering Public Scholarship For All Faculty Through Key Institutional Practices and Policies (January 30)
  • The Engaged Campus: Key Models for Powerful Teaching, Learning and Research (January 30)
  • What Does a “High Impact” Course Look Like, Anyway? (January 31)

February

  • Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Communicate to Engage Students and Encourage Learning? (February 1)
  • Teaching Matters - Create Inclusive Learning Communities (February 3, 17, March 10, April 7, & 21)
  • Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Online Design Course (February 6 - May 5)
  • Automating Student Feedback & Encouragement (February 8)
  • Lunch and Learn Faculty Round-Table Discussion (February 9)
  • New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Competencies (February 9)
  • Assessment Extravaganza (February 9)
  • Introducing CTEL Teaching Consultation Brownbag (February 13)
  • Teaching Circle - Flipping the College Classroom: Practical Advice from Faculty (February 15, 21, & 28)
  • Study Abroad Health, Safety & Policies (February 15)
  • Open Access: An Introduction (February 15)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: When Things go Wrong (February 16)
  • Provide Immediate Feedback with Online Assessment (February 21)
  • Open Access: Textbooks & Journals (February 22)
  • Lunch and Learn Faculty Round-Table Discussion (February 23)
  • Gamification Part 1 (February 23)
  • Degree Works Phase 2: Student Educational Planner (February 28, March 1, & 2)

March

  • Open Access: In the Classroom & Beyond (March 1)
  • Using D2L Rubrics to Provide Effective Student Feedback (March 7)
  • Teaching Circle - Under the Affluence (March 8, 15 & 29)
  • Wednesday Webinar: What Activities and Assignments Promote Critical Thinking? (March 8)
  • Gamification Part 2 (March 9)
  • Teaching Circle - Building Advisory Boards That Matter (March 14, 28, & April 4)
  • Using Screencasting to Provide Effective Student Feedback (March 15)
  • Lunch and Learn Faculty Round-Table Discussion (March 16)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: New HICEP Scholar Program Informational Presentation (March 29)
  • Study Abroad Program Development (March 29)
  • Lunch and Learn Faculty Round-Table Discussion (March 30)
  • New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Lesson Plans/Assessments (March 30)

April

  • Working with International Students (April 3)
  • Gamification Using Classcraft (April 4)
  • Mentor Lunch (April 5)
  • Wednesday Webinar: How Can I Assess Critical Thinking with Objective Items? (April 5)
  • Managing Conflict in the Classroom (April 11)
  • Teaching Circle - Under the Affluence (April 12, 19, & May 3)
  • Honors Workshop (April 12)
  • Common Uses of Washburn Video (April 12)
  • New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Classroom Management (April 13)
  • Face to Face Discussion at a Distance (April 18)
  • Lunch and Learn Faculty Round-Table Discussion (April 20)
  • Hear Us Out: Supporting Our First Generation College Students (April 25)
  • Tech Showcase (April 25)

May

  • Celebration of Teaching (May 2)
  • Lunch and Learn Faculty Round-Table Discussion (May 4)
  • Morning & Afternoon Grade-In & Snacks (May 11)
  • Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Online Design Course (May 22 - August 11)
  • Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Managing a Meaningful and Active Online Course (May 22 - July 23)

2015-2016 Event List

August

  • Timely Teaching Tech Workshop (August 3)
  • New Faculty Orientation (August 6)
  • New Faculty Orientation (August 7)
  • How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills? Webinar (August 19)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: What are HICEPs? (August 20)
  • Teaching Technologies Workshop: Office Mix (August 20)
  • Teaching Matters: Designing Active Learning (August 21)
  • Internal Grants Workshop (August 24)
  • Let's Get This Party Started: C-TEL Kickoff (August 28)

September: Learner Centered

  • Navigating New York Times Content to Aid in Student Learning Outcomes Workshop (September 1)
  • How Can I Get Students to Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning? Webinar (September 2)
  • Tenure & Promotion Workshop (September 3)
  • Teaching Matters: Designing Active Learning (September 4)
  • Workshop @Tech: New Instructor Meeting - Competencies (September 10)
  • Active Learning Spaces Workshop:  New Directions for Teaching and Learning (September 10)
  • Speaker: Inspiring Exceptional Teaching and Learning (September 11)
  • Teaching Circle 1 - Engaging Ideas (September 14)
  • Teaching Circle @Tech: Putting Your Data to Work: Improving Instruction in CTE (September 15)
  • How Can I Enhance Students' Self-Regulated Learning Skills? Webinar (September 16)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: Getting started (September 17)
  • Workshop @Tech: Smart Clickers (September 17)
  • Teaching Matters: Designing Active Learning (September 18)
  • Teaching Circle 1 - Engaging Ideas (September 21)
  • Teaching Circle @Tech: Putting Your Data to Work: Improving Instruction in CTE (September 22)
  • Teaching Technologies Workshop: Collaborating with OneDrive (September 24)
  • Teaching Circle 1 - Engaging Ideas (September 28)
  • Teaching Circle @Tech: Putting Your Data to Work: Improving Instruction in CTE (September 29)

October: Assessment

  • Teaching Matters: Designing Active Learning (October 2)
  • How I Use Low-stakes Quizzing to Enhance Learning? Webinar (October 7)
  • External Grants Workshop (October 9)
  • Writing Learning Outcomes Workshop (October 12)
  • Teaching Circle 2 - Assessing and Improving Your Teaching (October 13)
  • Searching for Grants Workshop (October 14)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: How can I integrate or extend academic knowledge into community engagement? (October 15)
  • Workshop @Tech: New Instructor Meeting - Lesson Plans (October 15)
  • Searching for Grants Workshop (October 15)
  • Teaching Matters: Designing Active Learning (October 16)
  • Creating Assessments to Measure Student Learning Workshop (October 19)
  • Teaching Circle 2 - Assessing and Improving Your Teaching (October 20)
  • How Can I Use Informal Writing as Part of a Low-stakes Grading Strategy? Webinar (October 21)
  • Selecting the Right Grant Workshop (October 21)
  • Workshop @Tech: Desire2Learn (October 22)
  • Designing Teaching Strategies to Facilitate Student Learning Workshop (October 26)
  • Teaching Circle 2 - Assessing and Improving Your Teaching (October 27)
  • Teaching Technologies Workshop: Rubrics in D2L (October 29)
  • Teaching Matters: Designing Active Learning (October 30)

November: HICEPs

  • Writing the Grant Workshop (Private Funding) Workshop (November 3)
  • Writing the Grant Workshop (Private Funding) Workshop (November 4)
  • How Do I Get Started With Service Learning? Webinar (November 4)
  • Teaching Circle 3 - Going Public: Civic and Community Engagement (November 9)
  • Writing the Grant Workshop (Public Funding) Workshop (November 10)
  • Teaching Matters: Designing Active Learning (November 13)
  • Teaching Circle 3 - Going Public: Civic and Community Engagement (November 16)
  • How Can I Promote Deep Learning through Critical Reflection? Webinar (November 18)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: Finding and Selecting a Community Partner (November 19)
  • Workshop @Tech: New Instructor Meeting - Evaluating Yourself and Your Students (November 19)
  • Teaching Circle 3 - Going Public: Civic and Community Engagement (November 23)

December

  • Workshop @Tech: New Instructor Meeting - Classroom Management (December 1)
  • C-TEL Holiday Mixer (December 4)

January

  • How Can I Effectively Teach Underprepared Students? Webinar (January 20)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: Working with a Community Partner (January 21)
  • Teaching Matters: Diversity in the Classroom (January 22)
  • Teaching Technologies Workshop: Blogs for Reflective Journaling (January 28)
  • External Grants Workshop (January 29)

February: Teaching Tech/Online

  • What Do Students Want in Online Courses? Webinar (February 3)
  • Assessment Extravaganza (February 4)
  • Internal Grants Workshop (February 5) Cancelled
  • Teaching Circle 4 - Continuing to Engage the Online Learner (February 9)
  • Lunch with Vice President Pembrook for New Faculty (February 10)
  • Gamification Workshop: Enhancing Student Motivation in F2F, Blended, and Online Classes (February 11)
  • Teaching Matters: Diversity in the Classroom (February 12)
  • Teaching Circle 4 - Continuing to Engage the Online Learner (February 16)
  • What Is Blended Learning? Webinar (February 17)
  • Health and Safety Issues in Study Abroad Experiences Workshop (February 17)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: Helping students reflect on their community-based learning (February 18)
  • Do Students See Social Media as a Valuable Learning Tool? What Do Findings from a Washburn Study Reveal? (February 18)
  • Teaching Circle 4 - Continuing to Engage the Online Learner (February 23)
  • Searching for Grants (February 24)
  • Workshop @Tech: Gamification (February 25)
  • Teaching Technologies Workshop: Interactive Video (February 25)
  • Teaching Matters:Diversity in the Classroom (February 26)

March: Diversity

  • How Can Backward Design Make My Courses More Accessible? Webinar (March 2)
  • C-TEL Gender Brown Bag with Mia Bay (March 3)
  • Lunch with Vice President Pembrook for New Faculty (March 7) Cancelled
  • Teaching Circle @Tech: Best Practices and Strategies for Career and Technical Education and Training: A Reference Guide for New Instructors (March 7)
  • Culture Matters Workshop: Working with International Students (March 7)
  • Teaching Circle 5 - Teaching to Transgress (March 7)
  • Universal Design Workshop (March 10)
  • Teaching Matters: Diversity in the Classroom (March 11)
  • Culture Matters Workshop: Working with Saudi Arabian Students (March 21)
  • Teaching Circle 5 - Teaching to Transgress (March 21)
  • Teaching Circle @Tech: Best Practices and Strategies for Career and Technical Education and Training: A Reference Guide for New Instructors (March 21)
  • What Learning Activities Help Student Veterans Succeed? Webinar (March 23)
  • Teaching Technologies Workshop: Zoom Video Conferencing (March 24)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: Assessing HICEPs (March 24)
  • Teaching Matters: Diversity in the Classroom (March 25)
  • Culture Matters Workshop:  Working with Chinese and Japanese Students (March 28)
  • Teaching Circle 5 - Teaching to Transgress (March 28)
  • Teaching Circle @Tech: Best Practices and Strategies for Career and Technical Education and Training: A Reference Guide for New Instructors (March 28)

April: Pedagogy & Practice

  • Teaching Circle 6 -Team Based Learning for Health Professional Education (April 5)
  • Where Can I Find Flippable Moments in My Class? Webinar (April 6)
  • Tenure & Promotion Workshop: Prepare Your Petition (April 7) Cancelled
  • Teaching Matters: Diversity in the Classroom (April 8)
  • Teaching Circle 6 -Team Based Learning for Health Professional Education (April 12)
  • Lunch with Vice President Pembrook for New Faculty (April 13)
  • Flip Your Class Workshop (April 14) Cancelled
  • Writing the Grant Workshop (April 15)
  • Teaching Circle 6 -Team Based Learning for Health Professional Education (April 19)
  • How Can I Create Effective Mini-Lectures? Webinar (April 20)
  • Community Engagement Lunch: Brainstorming and problem-solving community-engaged learning (April 21)
  • Workshop @Tech: Using Technology in the Classroom (April 21)
  • Teaching Matters: Diversity in the Classroom (April 22)
  • Celebration of Teaching (April 28)
  • Teaching Technologies Workshop: Office Mix (April 29)

2014-2015 Event List

August

  • Technology Symposium
  • Webinar Wednesday - Learner Centered Teaching: Where Do I Start?
  • Kick Off Open House

September

  • Webinar Wednesday - Using Group Work to Promote Deep Learning
  • Teaching Circle 1
  • Teaching Circle 2
  • Webinar Wednesday - Gamification: Applying Game Principles to Your Teaching
  • Teaching Technology Workshop - Gamification Using Desire2Learn

October

  • Webinar Wednesday -Five Tips for Writing Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment Extravaganza
  • First Year Faculty Mentor Program Luncheon
  • Crafting Learning Outcomes Workshop
  • Social Media Monday - Using Social Media Analytics for Program Review
  • Webinar Wednesday - Assessment Strategies for a Flipped Classroom
  • Teaching Technology Workshop - Using Polling Software for Formative Assessment
  • Social Media Monday - Brainstorming Session on Using Social Media for the Assessment of Student Learning
  • Teaching Circle 3
  • Teaching Circle 4
  • New Faculty Catharsis Lunch

November

  • Webinar Wednesday - Is Service Learning Right For My Class?
  • Assessing High Impact Community Engagement Practices Workshop
  • Speaker - An Overview of High Impact Community Engagement Practices
  • High Impact Community Engagement Practices: What's In It for You? Workshop
  • Teaching Circle 5
  • High Impact Community Engagement Practices: What Are They and Who Uses Them? Workshop
  • Webinar Wednesday - Service Learning Course Design
  • Faculty Dinner - Teaching Tales
  • Teaching Technology Workshop - Facilitating Communication with Video Conferencing

December

  • Webinar Wednesday - How to Make Exams More about Learning and Less About Grades?

January

  • Webinar Wednesday - How Do I Create a Climate For Learning in My Classroom
  • New Faculty Mentor Reception

February

  • Social Media Monday - Voice and Tone
  • Streaming Protocol Videos Improve Student Proficiency in Biology Lab Techniques Workshop
  • Webinar Wednesday - How Do I Use VoiceThread?
  • Class Activities that Promote Deep Learning Workshop
  • Speaker - The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever
  • Social Media Monday - Time Management
  • Teaching Circle 7
  • Social Media Monday - Facebook 30/30
  • Webinar Wednesday - Learner Centered Technology: Aligning Technology and Learning Goals
  • Teaching Technology Workshop - Screencasting
  • Social Media Monday - Twitter
  • Flip Your Class Workshop

March

  • Social Media Monday - Instagram and Photography
  • Webinar Wednesday - Innovative and Collaborative Learning Environments
  • Webinar Wednesday - Teaching On-line Next Semester: What Do I Need to Know?
  • Optimizing Desire2Learn Use Workshop
  • Social Media Monday - SoundCloud
  • Teaching Circle 9
  • Teaching Circle 10
  • A Different Creature All Together: Effective Course Design For the On-Line Classes Workshop
  • Webinar Wednesday - 5 Ways to Improve Interaction in Your On-line Class
  • Teaching Technology Workshop - Using VoiceThread to Create Engaging On-line Discussions

April

  • Webinar Wednesday - How Flexible Should I Be with Non-Trad Students?
  • Working with Culturally and Religiously Diverse Students Workshop
  • C-TEL and C-SPAN: C-SPAN Educational Resources
  • Healthcare Interprofessional
  • CTEL Players Present: Diversity Matters
  • Teaching Circle 11
  • Teaching Circle 12
  • Webinar Wednesday - 4 Ways to Engage the Multicultural Classroom
  • The Art of Lecture Workshop
  • Teaching Technology Workshop - Podcasting

May

  • Webinar Wednesday - How Can Rubrics Make Grading Easier and Faster?
  • Webinar Wednesday - How Can I Make My Multiple-Choice Exams More Effective?

C-TEL Advisory Board

  • James Barraclough
  • Kevin Charlwood
  • Michael Clouser
  • Danielle Dempsey-Swopes
  • Rick Ellis
  • Zach Frank
  • Michael Gleason
  • Chaz Havens
  • Jericho Hockett
  • Vickie Kelly
  • John Lemon
  • Kathy Menzie
  • Sue Taylor-Owens
  • Karen Kapusta-Pofahl
  • Tracy Routsong
  • Pamela Schmidt
  • Sharon Sullivan
  • Sandy Tutwiler
  • Shirley Waugh
  • Kelley Weber