Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

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Email:, location: Mabee Library 206A, phone: 785.670.2835 (CTEL), hours: 9-4 Mon-Fri

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Teaching Circles

Teaching Circles (TC) are short-term focused book clubs. Browse through the list below and choose a TC that interests you.  Once you have registered to participate in a TC, please, stop by the C-TEL Office (206A Mabee Library) to pick up your book.  Participants will meet over coffee and snacks three times during a one-month period to discuss insights or challenges that emerge from the work.  This is a great, low-key opportunity to meet new colleagues and share ideas.  Please join us!

Space is limited to 15 participants per Teaching Circle, so please REGISTER TODAY!


Teaching Circle 11 - Student Engagement Techniques:  A Handbook for College Faculty

April 14, 21 & 28, 3:00-4:00 pm
Cottonwood Room
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Barkley, E. 2009.  Student Engagement Techniques:  A Handbook for College Faculty. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country, yet good advice on how to accomplish this has not been readily available. Student Engagement Techniques is a comprehensive resource that offers college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and includes over one hundred tips, strategies, and techniques that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions to motivate and connect with their students. The ready-to-use format shows how to apply each of the book's techniques in the classroom and includes purpose, preparation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, observations and advice, and key resources.


Teaching Circle 12 - What the Best College Teachers Do

April 13, 20 & 27, 3:00-4:00 pm
Cottonwood Room
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Bain, K. 2004.  What the Best College Teachers Do.  Jossey-Bass, San Francisco

What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators.


 If you have ideas or suggestions for next year please let us know.