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...

Wednesday (4/25)

Contract Grading

1:30-3:00, Memorial Union Cottonwood room
Register Here

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.”

Thursday (4/26)

Lunch and Learn

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.

Friday (4/27)

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.

Monday (4/30)

Tenure & Promotion Workshop

2:30-4:00, Memorial Union Washburn B
Register Here or email Brandi Youse

This workshop provides invaluable information about the Tenure and Promotion process. Whether you are a new faculty, a faculty member getting ready to submit a petition, a faculty member who serves on TP committees, or an administrator who reviews petitions, this workshop is a must for you. Representatives from the VPAA office will walk you through the TP process highlighting key steps, deadlines, and communication points along the way.

Tuesday (5/1)

Celebration of Teaching

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.

Upcoming Schedule

April

Contract Grading

Wednesday, April 25, 1:30-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
Register Here

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.


Tenure & Promotion Workshop

Monday, April 30, 2:30-4:00
Memorial Union Washburn B
Register Here or email Brandi Youse

This workshop provides invaluable information about the Tenure and Promotion process. Whether you are a new faculty, a faculty member getting ready to submit a petition, a faculty member who serves on TP committees, or an administrator who reviews petitions, this workshop is a must for you. Representatives from the VPAA office will walk you through the TP process highlighting key steps, deadlines, and communication points along the way.


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.


Teaching Matters: Strategies for Active Learning

May 16-18 from 1:00-3:30
Henderson room 217
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).

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