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!


November

Basics of Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Making our Courses Accessible for All

Monday, November 13, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Shawnee room
Register Here

Welcoming All! Come learn about the basic ideas of universal design for learning (UDL) and how it benefits all students, including those with disabilities. You will have the opportunity to transform one of your current assignments or activities into one that utilizes UDL and invites engagement of each student in your classroom.


Study Abroad International Opportunities for Faculty

Wednesday, November 15, 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.


Swivl Personalized Observation Team

Thursday, November 16, 3:15-4:15
Brock room - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

Sharing classroom observations with the Swivl.


Technology Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, November 29, 11:30-1:30
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.

Upcoming Schedule

November

Contract Grading

Monday, November 6, 11:00-12:00
Memorial Union Vogel 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

Tuesday, November 7, 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

Wednesday, November 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 and recorded (when possible).

This time Tracy Routsong will present one of her Communications courses.


Online Course Navigation & Structure

Wednesday, November 8, 3:30-4:30
Memorial Union Shawnee room
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What kind of course navigation structure allows students to interact fluidly with online course content? One of the most basic tasks that a distance education instructor must perform is to structure their course in an intuitive way. Students should be able to navigate the structure of an online course with ease and find what they need with minimal effort. In this workshop, we’ll offer practical suggestions for structuring your course content and making it a breeze for students to navigate your course.



How Stereotype Threat Affects Students' Academic Performance

Friday, November 10, 11:00-12:00
Memorial Union Shawnee room
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Stereotype Threat is the name given to any set of circumstances under which people either feel at threat of, or actually do conform to negative stereotypes about their social group. When this occurs to students it can, amongst other things, adversely affect their academic performance. In this workshop, we will look at Stereotype Threat in more detail, including its pervasiveness in the classroom, and offer practical tips for recognizing and preventing it.



Basics of Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Making our Courses Accessible for All

Monday, November 13, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Shawnee room
Register Here

Welcoming All! Come learn about the basic ideas of universal design for learning (UDL) and how it benefits all students, including those with disabilities. You will have the opportunity to transform one of your current assignments or activities into one that utilizes UDL and invites engagement of each student in your classroom.


Study Abroad International Opportunities for Faculty

Wednesday, November 15, 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.


Swivl Personalized Observation Team

Thursday, November 16, 3:15-4:15
Brock room - Huntoon Campus
Register Here

Sharing classroom observations with the Swivl.


Technology Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, November 29, 11:30-1:30
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.


December

Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, December 5, 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

Wednesday, December 6, 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 and recorded (when possible).

This time Melanie Worsley will present one of her Criminal Justice courses.


Winter Online Adjunct Institute

Thursday, December 21 - Tuesday, January 9
Online
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This institute has been developed to provide an opportunity for focused professional development for WU adjunct instructors on the classroom environment, course design, and active learning.  It is also an opportunity for adjuncts to share ideas for teaching excellence and learning. 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to

  • apply knowledge about making the classroom environment welcoming and inclusive
  • select and apply current course design methods to course load
  • use a variety of active learning strategies in the classroom to improve student learning

Participants who complete the entire online course will receive a stipend of $150.


January

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.


February

Online Course Show & Tell

Monday, February 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 and recorded (when possible).

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


Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, February 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.


Study Abroad Program Development

Wednesday, February 7, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
Register Here

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.


Assessment Extravaganza

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.


Study Abroad Health, Safety, and Policies

Wednesday, February 14, 2:00-3:00
Memorial Union Cottonwood room
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Are you leading a group of students abroad?  Then, mark your calendars to attend. All faculty leaders and assistants are required to attend a workshop prior to the program's departure. Attendance is required only once, but yearly attendance is encouraged as policies and procedures change over time.


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.


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.


Online Course Show & Tell

Wednesday, March 7, 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.


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

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


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.


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.