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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Workshops

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!


January

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Luncheon

January 22, 11:30-1:00
Memorial Union Washburn B
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The office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning will present Washburn’s 2017 HERI Faculty Survey results - with particular attention to strengths and weaknesses and how we compare to similar institutions across the nation. Following the presentation of results, there will be a discussion regarding how this important data might inform our daily work and strategic planning.


Giving Students Feedback in Online Courses

Wednesday, January 24, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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Many instructors of online courses struggle with providing useful, effective, timely feedback to their students, and many of us may feel that we are alone in trying to improve or redesign the way we comment on or respond to student assignments. If you would like to know more about possible ways of providing and designing feedback to your online students and exchange ideas and experiences with other online instructors, join us for this workshop, which will offer both insights from recent scholarship on online instruction and practical suggestions.


Technology Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, January 30, 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.


Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Recent Applications and Use in Teaching

Wednesday, January 31, 9:00-11:00
Memorial Union Kansas room
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Joint collaboration with C-TEL, 712 Innovation Topeka and the Art Department.

The demo and presentations will include:

  • Ben Rufenacht: SoundStage (Music), Tilt Brush (Art) and VR games.
  • David Corr: Experiments with artistic /interactive applications
  • Azyz Sharafy: Class room application of AR-Augmented Reality projects
  • WU Art Students: Presenting their AR class projects.

Upcoming Schedule

January

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Luncheon

January 22, 11:30-1:00
Memorial Union Washburn B
Register Here

The office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning will present Washburn’s 2017 HERI Faculty Survey results - with particular attention to strengths and weaknesses and how we compare to similar institutions across the nation. Following the presentation of results, there will be a discussion regarding how this important data might inform our daily work and strategic planning.


Giving Students Feedback in Online Courses

Wednesday, January 24, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
Register Here

Many instructors of online courses struggle with providing useful, effective, timely feedback to their students, and many of us may feel that we are alone in trying to improve or redesign the way we comment on or respond to student assignments. If you would like to know more about possible ways of providing and designing feedback to your online students and exchange ideas and experiences with other online instructors, join us for this workshop, which will offer both insights from recent scholarship on online instruction and practical suggestions.


Technology Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, January 30, 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.


Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Recent Applications and Use in Teaching

Wednesday, January 31, 9:00-11:00
Memorial Union Kansas room
Register Here

Joint collaboration with C-TEL, 712 Innovation Topeka and the Art Department.

The demo and presentations will include:

  • Ben Rufenacht: SoundStage (Music), Tilt Brush (Art) and VR games.
  • David Corr: Experiments with artistic /interactive applications
  • Azyz Sharafy: Class room application of AR-Augmented Reality projects
  • WU Art Students: Presenting their AR class projects.

February

Online Course Show & Tell

Monday, February 5, 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 and recorded (when possible).

This time Angela Duncan will present one of her Psychology courses.


Lunch and Learn

Thursday, February 8, 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.


Assessment Extravaganza

Thursday, February 8, 2:30-4:30
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Convocation Hall
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The theme of this year’s Assessment Extravaganza will be “Reflection on Assessment”.  Results of multi-year testing as well as the results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the HERI Faculty Survey will be highlighted in poster presentations. Participants will be asked to reflect with presenters on what this means to you as faculty or staff at Washburn, where are we excelling and what do we need to improve.  Bring your best ideas and join us for dialogue and refreshments.


New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Competencies

Thursday, February 8, 3:15-4:15
Brock room - Huntoon Campus
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A guest instructor from the Huntoon campus will talk about what works for them in the classroom/lab. Focus on Competencies.


Staying in the Conversation: Students’ Online Diversity Discussions

Tuesday, February 13, 2:30-3:45
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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This workshop begins with an analysis of categories of students’ responses to diversity-related topics during online discussions. The analysis is followed by review and discussion of follow-up guided reflective essays (with rubric) as a means for facilitating student growth along diversity issues and encouraging them to remain in conversation about diversity (which some may find challenging). Faculty are invited to share processes they use to encourage student growth in conversations about diversity.


Study Abroad Program Development

Wednesday, February 14, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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Are you interested in developing a faculty-led program, but not sure how to get started?  Then this workshop is for you!  Bring your ideas and questions.  A copy of the Study Abroad Program Development Guide and Program Proposal will be provided, along with additional instructions for completing the proposal process. First time program leaders and assistants are encouraged to attend.


HICEPs How-Tos Workshop

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


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
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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.


Online Course Show & Tell

Thursday, March 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 Becky Dodge will present a course from the Radiation Therapy program.


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.


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.


New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Lesson Plans/Assessment

Thursday, March 29, 3:15-4:15
Brock room - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

A guest instructor from the Huntoon campus will talk about what works for them in the classroom/lab.  Focus on Lesson Plans/ Assessments


April

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.


New Washburn Tech Instructor Meeting: Classroom Management

Thursday, April 12, 3:15-4:15
Brock room - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

A guest instructor from the Huntoon campus will talk about what works for them in the classroom/lab.  Focus on Classroom Management


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

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.