Welcome!

Welcome to the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL) at Washburn University.  Our goal is to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and enhance student learning.

Coming Up…

Study Abroad International Opportunities for Faculty

Date: Wed 09/25/19 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Shawnee room
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

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. Learn more about these opportunities, the process of applying and navigating the logistics on and off campus.

Wednesday Webinar - How Can I Plan (or Revise) My Courses More Efficiently?

Date: Wed 09/25/19 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Course Design
Event Type: Webinar

Do you have a system or standard process for prepping a course you’ve taught before? Where do you start? Often, planning revolves around syllabus revision, closing loopholes, and adjusting dates. What most of us need is a strategic, instructionally sound set of steps to help guide our decision-making. This 20-Minute Mentor provides just that, a four-step model considering the big picture goals, major content areas, calendar implications, and assessments.

Lunch and Learn

Date: Thu 09/26/19 11:10AM - 11:40AM
Location: Washburn Tech, Basement Conference Center
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

Faculty teaching methods roundtable. TBA

Advising as Mentoring

Date: Thu 09/26/19 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Location: Mabee rooms 302 and 303
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

Advising is more that picking out classes and giving out PINs! This hands-on workshop focuses on how faculty and staff can improve the advising relationship. Participants will learn about the philosophy behind teaching-centered advising, practice with online tools (Navigate, Degree Works, MyWashburn), participate in role-playing, and work through advising scenarios. This workshop will be helpful for anyone who would like to improve or refine their advising, but will also be a great introduction for those who are just beginning to advise.

Teaching Action Group: Team-Based Learning

Date: Fri 09/27/19 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 53
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Teaching Action Group

Friday, September 27, 1:00-2:15
Varies, October
Friday, November 1, 1:00-2:15

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a strategy that encourages critical thinking, engagement, and class preparation. This three-part series will help you learn how to set up TBL in your class. The series includes two whole group instructional workshops and one classroom visit. On Sept 27 you will learn the theory of TBL and the logistics of setting it up for your class. Sometime in October you will be invited to visit the classroom of an instructor who utilizes TBL. Then, on Nov. 1, the group will get back together to discuss what they saw, ask questions, and brainstorm how to adapt this strategy to their own classrooms.

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Campus Mental Health Resources to Support Student Learning

Date: Tue 10/01/19 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Location: Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Forum room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

The first of a two-part series of workshops on how faculty can respond to students’ mental health needs will provide participants the opportunity to consider and reflect upon situations that are relatively common within the university setting. The workshop will utilize vignette and/or role play-based exercises engaging faculty in collaborative learning with guidance from members of the Washburn community who possess experience and expertise in mental health counseling. Participants will be invited to develop and practice forms of communication most beneficial to students experiencing mental health concerns. Specific emphasis will be placed on helping faculty determine when a student’s needs require referral to either campus or community-based professional mental health services.

Understanding the HICEPs Rubric

Date: Wed 10/02/19 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Forum room
Pillar: HICEPs
Event Type: Workshop

Join us for a brownbag on understanding the HICEPs rubric from zero to gold standard. Whether you want to begin adding community engagement to your class (level 1), you want to take the next steps (levels 2 or 3), or you want to go for the gold standard, this brown bag will cover everything you want to know

More Info? Contact Karen Barron @ CTEL 670-2835 or 670-1908

Interactive Whiteboard Training with Erik Carlson

Date: Wed 10/02/19 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 53
Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop

Erik Carlson will show participants the many ways interactive whiteboards can be used to make instruction more engaging. Come hear about all the possibilities at this session and then sign up for a small group practice session with Erik for more hands on experience.

Interactive Whiteboard Practice Session

Date: Thu 10/03/19 2:30PM - 3:00PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 53
Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop

Multiple date & time slots available - See registration link for details

These sessions will only be open to groups of three at a time to allow personalized guidance for your particular teaching needs. Erik Carlson will be on hand to answer questions and provide suggestions allowing participants to practice and become comfortable using an interactive whiteboard before going live with students. All practice sessions will be in Morgan 053.

Lunch and Learn

Date: Thu 10/03/19 11:10AM - 11:40AM
Location: Washburn Tech, Basement Conference Center
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

Faculty teaching methods roundtable. TBA

Measuring Student Learning: A Hands-on Training and Dinner for Adjuncts

Date: Fri 10/04/19 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Vogel room
Pillar: Assessment
Event Type: Workshop

Calling all adjuncts. Ever wonder what assessment is and how it can help you improve student learning? This two-hour, interactive training session will introduce you to key terms and knowledge related to assessment. Bring a syllabus for a hands-on discussion of student learning outcomes. You will come away with new ideas on how to measure student learning and how to create and implement assessment measures. Participants will be limited to 30.  There will be a stipend for each participant and a light dinner provided during the session. 

Certificate of Teaching and Learning

Track and document your professional development activities by registering to earn your Certificate of Teaching and Learning.  Once you register for the certification process, we will begin tracking your participation in C-TEL sponsored events that focus on teaching excellence.  Each time you participate you will earn a badge for that event type that will be posted under your name in the participation list (see the Read More section for details and participation list).  Once you have earned nine badges you will have earned your Certificate of Teaching and Learning for that academic year. Certificates are awarded at the Celebration of Teaching at the end of the academic year.

Fill out this form to register for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning.

You need to register for a certificate EACH YEAR.

Find out more about badges and see the participant list

Certificate of Inclusive Teaching and Learning (New this year!)

This certificate is awarded to those who attend nine diversity events. When you are awarded this certificate, you will also be given a placard that can be posted on your office door and a confirmation statement that you can include in your syllabus stating that you have attended training in inclusive teaching techniques. Anyone who has registered for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning will automatically be registered for this certificate as well.

Fill out this form to register for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning.

You need to register for a certificate EACH YEAR.

C-TEL Staff

Dr. Melanie Burdick

Dr. Melanie Burdick

  • is the Director of C-TEL and an Associate Professor of English. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching from KU, and a MA in English literature from University of Missouri -- Kansas City. She has been at Washburn since 2011.
Sue Taylor-Owens

Sue Taylor-Owens

  • is the Instructional Designer. She earned her Master of Science in Education, Information Technology emphasis, from the University of Nebraska - Kearney. She has been at Washburn since 2008.
Cat Jaynes

Cat Jaynes

  • is the Administrative Specialist for both C-TEL and Assessment. She has been at Washburn since 2016
Karen Barron

Karen Barron

  • is the Coordinator of Community Engaged Learning (HICEPs) and Lecturer in the English Department. She has an MFA in Fiction from Bennington College and a BA from Kansas State University. She has been at Washburn since 2006.
Michael Clouser

Michael Clouser

  • is the C-TEL Washburn Tech Coordinator. He is a technical instructor in the Transportation Division at Washburn Tech.

Teaching Fellows

Keith Farwell

Keith Farwell

  • Lecturer, Allied Health
    (Online Education)

Rik Hine

Rik Hine

  • Assistant Professor, Philosophy
    (Active Learning Pedagogy)

Kelly McClendon

Kelly McClendon

  • Lecturer, International Programs
    (Adjunct Faculty Support)
Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

  • Associate Professor, Psychology
    (Teaching Consultation)
Amy Memmer

Amy Memmer

  • Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
    (Active Learning Pedagogy)
Muffy Walter

Muffy Walter

  • Assistant Professor, English
    (Diversity and Inclusion)
Tina Williams

Tina Williams

  • Study Abroad Program Coordinator, International Programs
    (Diversity and Inclusion)
  • James Barraclough
  • Kevin Charlwood
  • Michael Clouser
  • Danielle Dempsey-Swopes
  • Rick Ellis
  • Kelly Erby
  • Michael Gleason
  • Vickie Kelly
  • John Lemon
  • Pamela Schmidt
  • Sue Taylor-Owens
  • Shirley Waugh
  • Gwen Wilson

C-TEL's Mission & Goals

The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL) is to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and enhance student learning at Washburn University and Washburn Tech.

C-TEL works collaboratively within the university community to develop and sustain a university culture that values and rewards teaching in all its forms and venues, respects and supports differences among learners, and creates enriched learning environments in which diverse students, faculty, and staff can excel.  We act as a resource for the university community by offering a wide array of research-based programs and services that support teaching.  We serve as a catalyst for university-wide dialogue that fosters a shared vision of teaching excellence and learning-centered education at Washburn and Washburn Tech.

 

The goals of the staff of C-TEL are to:

-Create a community of faculty, staff and peer student educators focused on the craft of teaching.

-Promote continued awareness of best practices in teaching and learning as reflected in literature.

-Promote and support the effective use of new technologies in the learning process to enhance student learning.

-Facilitate the use of teaching strategies that engage students in active learning.

-Promote and support the diffusion of diversity into courses, curricula, and co-curricular learning.

-Support research related to teaching and learning through assessment of student learning.

-Promote the use of dynamic high impact practices to enhance student learning.

-Promote and support the scholarship of teaching and learning.

GET IN TOUCH WITH CTEL

Center for Teaching Excellence & Learning
Morgan Hall room 204
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
785.670.2835
ctel@washburn.edu

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