C-TELCenter for Teaching Excellence and Learning

Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

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Email: ctel@washburn.edu, location: Mabee Library 206A, phone: 785.670.2835 (CTEL), hours: 9-4 Mon-Fri

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 7 - Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning

February 9, 16 & 23, 3:00-4:00 pm
Cottonwood Room
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Bowen, Jose A. 2012.  Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. SanFrancisco, Jossey-Bass.

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.


Teaching Circle 8 - Educating the Net Generation

February 10, 17 & 24, 3:00-4:00 pm
Cottonwood Room
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Oblinger, Diana and James Oblinger (eds.) 2005.  Educating the Net Generation. Educause.

This e-resources discusses the implications of technology on our students and institutions.  Topics include millennial learning styles, access to information, learning spaces, and faculty development challenges.

 *Please note that this is an on-line resource and this learning circle will be available via. video conferencing.  This is an ideal Teaching Circle for faculty with tight schedules or who are located off campus. 



Teaching Circle 9 - Making Scientists: Six Principles for Effective College Teaching

March 9, 23 & 30, 3:00-4:00 pm
Cottonwood Room
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Light, Gregory, 2013.  Making Scientists: Six Principles for Effective College Teaching. Cambridge, Harvard University Press.

The authors invite us into Northwestern University’s Gateway Science Workshop, where the seminar room is infused with a sense of discovery usually confined to the research lab. Conventional science instruction demands memorization of facts and formulas but provides scant opportunity for critical reflection and experimental conversation. Light and Micari stress conceptual engagement with ideas, practical problem-solving, peer mentoring, and—perhaps most important—initiation into a culture of cooperation, where students are encouraged to channel their energy into collaborative learning rather than competition with classmates. They illustrate the tangible benefits of treating students as apprentices—talented young people taking on the mental habits, perspectives, and wisdom of the scientific community, while contributing directly to its development.


Teaching Circle 10 - Transformative Learning through Engagement Student Affairs Practice as Experiential Pedagogy

March 10, 24 & 31, 3:00-4:00 pm
Cottonwood Room
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Fried, J., 2012.  Transformative Learning through Engagement Student Affairs Practice as Experiential Pedagogy.  Stylus Publishing.

This book – intended primarily for student affairs professionals – presents what we now know about the learning process, particularly those elements that promote behavioral change and the ability to place information in a broader context of personal meaning and long term impact. Central to its argument is that learning must be experiential and engage students holistically; that it must be grounded in brain science and an understanding of the cultural drivers of knowledge construction; that academic faculty and student affairs professionals must cooperate to help students make connections and see the implications of their learning for their lives; and that the entire learning environment needs to be integrated to reflect the organic nature of the process.  A second purpose of this book is to enable student affairs professionals to articulate their own role in helping students learn.



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 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.