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…

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Creating an Anti-Racist Classroom

Date: Tue 08/27/19 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Shawnee room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

(previously held in spring 2019 as "Decolonizing Your Classroom")

Come learn strategies for building a more inclusive class through pedagogy and content. A student will co-facilitate the workshop. Please bring a course syllabus and texts you teach to the workshop.

Formative (at Washburn Tech)

Date: Tue 08/27/19 3:15PM - 4:15PM
Location: Washburn Tech, AW 121
Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop

Formative is a web-based tool that allows teachers to create assignments, deliver them to students, receive results, and provide individualized feedback in real-time. Teachers can use the platform to create new assignments for their students from scratch, or they can upload pre-existing documents and transform them into paperless assignments.

Wednesday Webinar - Copyright Crash Course: How Can I Stay on the Right Side of the Law?

Date: Wed 08/28/19 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Webinar

This webinar teaches the core concepts of copyright law. It is designed to give you the ideas and tools you need to be able to be a “copyright ninja” in an academic environment.

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Signs of Student Addiction

Date: Thu 08/29/19 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Location: Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Forum room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

Student engagement, persistence and retention is multidimensional and we must be holistic when addressing the issues our students at Washburn. This C-Tel event is focused on addressing the signs of student addiction and the resources that are available in the community for these students. We will explore various forms of addictions and the other programs that institutions across the nation are currently conducting.

Internal Grants Workshop

Date: Fri 08/30/19 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Kansas room
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

Come to learn about the internal grant funding opportunities available to faculty and staff at Washburn University. Grants discussed will include Research Grants (Small Research, Major Research), Teaching and Learning Grants (Curriculum Development, Assessment, C-TEL Small Grants), and Professional Development Grants. We will discuss the criteria for funding, reporting requirements, presentation requirements, and deadlines for each type of grant.

Teaching Slam

Date: Tue 09/03/19 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Location: Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Convocation Hall
Pillar: Various
Event Type: Workshop

This will be fast-paced and fun workshop where all participants will walk away with great new teaching ideas. Presenters will be limited in time to share a teaching idea, strategy, or activity that has proven successful in their own classrooms. Besides the presentations, we will also have refreshments and time for questions and discussion.

Lunch and Learn

Date: Thu 09/05/19 11:10AM - 11:40AM
Location: Washburn Tech, Basement Conference Center
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

Faculty teaching methods roundtable. TBA

Teaching Circle: Team-Based Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Date: Mon 09/09/19 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Teaching Circle

Monday, September 9, 10:00-11:00
Monday, September 16, 10:00-11:00
Monday, September 23, 10:00-11:00

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a unique, powerful, and proven form of small-group learning that is being increasingly adopted in higher education. Teachers who use TBL report high levels of engagement, critical thinking, and retention among their students. TBL has been used successfully in both small and large classes, in computer-supported and online classes; and because it is group work that works, it has been implemented in nearly every discipline and in countries around the world.

Online Course Show & Tell with Keith Farwell

Date: Mon 09/09/19 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Online Education
Event Type: Workshop

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 Farwell will present one of his Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses.

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Working with First Generation College Students Part I: Overview of First Gen.

Date: Tue 09/10/19 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Location: Memorial Union Vogel room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

This workshop will provide an overview of who first generation students are, including both national trends and WU-specific demographics. It will include information on the challenges, barriers, motivations of first gen students and provide with a brief introduction to strategies for working with and teaching first generation college students.

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Teaching Circle: Teaching to Transgress

Date: Tue 09/10/19 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Thomas room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Teaching Circle

Tuesday, September 10, 3:00-4:00
Tuesday, September 17, 3:00-4:00
Tuesday, September 24, 3:00-4:00

In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks--writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual--writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom. Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher's most important goal. bell hooks speaks to the heart of education today: how can we rethink teaching practices in the age of multiculturalism? What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom?

Full of passion and politics, Teaching to Transgress combines a practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings. This is the rare book about teachers and students that dares to raise questions about eros and rage, grief and reconciliation, and the future of teaching itself.

"To educate is the practice of freedom," writes bell hooks, "is a way of teaching anyone can learn." Teaching to Transgress is the record of one gifted teacher's struggle to make classrooms work.

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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