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...

Tuesday (2/20)

HICEPs How-Tos Workshop

1:00-2:00, Memorial Union Vogel room
Register Here

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 (2/21)

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

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.

Thursday (2/22)

Lunch and Learn

11:10-11:40, Basement Conference Center - Huntoon Campus
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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.

Monday (2/26)

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 (2/28)

Study Abroad International Opportunities for Faculty

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

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.

Upcoming Schedule

February

HICEPs How-Tos Workshop

Tuesday, February 20, 1:00-2:00
Memorial Union Vogel room
Register Here

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
Register Here

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
Register Here

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.


Change One Thing: Encouraging Student Reflection

Tuesday, March 6, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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Through weekly discussion posts and a final reflection paper, Dr. Linzi Gibson created a month-long unit to help her Intro to Psychology students reflect upon their choices and work towards positive goals. Students worked each week to "Change One Thing" and tie in course concepts throughout their experiences. Dr. Gibson also provided students with collected resources regarding the science behind certain changes. Come listen to Dr. Gibson share how she created this unit and what she has learned about student reflection and goal-setting.


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

Wednesday, March 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. 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
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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
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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
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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).

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.


QOCI: Online Course Design Course - Accelerated

Wednesday, April 4 - Sunday, May 13
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 week.


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
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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.