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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We are pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Workshop Schedule!!  Workshops are 1-2 hour face-to-face presentations/discussions/activities that are designed to help faculty and staff learn more about teaching and learning.  Our workshops are often collaborative endeavors carried out in association with the Faculty Development Committee, Assessment Committee, Diversity Initiative, High Impact Practices Committee and other campus partners. Participation in many events is limited because of space constraints so please, register well in advance to ensure your place! 

March: On-line and Hybrid Teaching

Teaching Technology Workshop:  Using VoiceThread to Create Engaging On-line Discussions

March 26, 3:00-4:00 pm, 206B Mabee

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VoiceThread is an app that allows students to easily record a short video comment that can be posted to the LMS.  Bringing faces and voices into on-line discussions creates a more personal and engaging way for students to learn to interact, discuss, and participate in the important debates in which you hope they will engage.  In this workshop you will be introduced to VoiceThread and will be shown how to create and post VT content.

April: Diversity

Working with Culturally and Religiously Diverse Students

April 3, 2:00-3:30 pm, Kansas Room

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Workshop Handouts: Islam Quiz, Diversity in the Middle East Presentation

How do faculty and staff best to serve the needs of the growing number of international students on campus and ensure a welcoming and supportive classroom environment? This workshop will present specific intercultural issues that apply to the two largest international populations on campus (Saudi and Chinese students). This workshop is a collaborative endeavor between C-TEL, Faculty Development Steering Committee, and International Programs. Panelists include: Vanessa Steinroetter, Bassima Schbley, Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas Kelly McClendon, and Sarah Springstein.

CTEL Players Present: Diversity Matters

April 10, 3:00-4:00 pm, Shawnee Room

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Dr. Sharon Sullivan directs the CTEL players in a series of short sketches highlighting issues of diversity that are encountered by faculty, staff, and students across campus.  Skits highlight teaching related challenges and classroom practice.  Designed to be fun and interactive.

The Art of Lecture

April 15, 3:00-4:00 pm, 207 Henderson

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A well-crafted lecture is essential to teaching practice.  Dr. Tony Silvestri (History) and Dr. Kim Morse (History) will share their insights and practical advice on creating and delivering lectures that work.

Teaching Technologies Workshop: Podcasting

April 16, 3:00-4:00 pm, 206B Mabee

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Students learn in many ways and instructors who use a variety of teaching tools are more likely to engage a larger number of students.  Podcasting could be another arrow in your teaching quiver.  You can create podcasts of course content or assign students a podcasting assignment.  In this workshop, you will learn about the tools needed for podcasting, the elements of an effective podcast, and the steps to follow to post a podcast to D2L.