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Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning

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...

Tuesday (10/23)

Desire2Learn Open Q&A

Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 23, 3:15-4:15pm
Location: Washburn Tech Brock room
Registration:

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Description: (This is not in a computer lab. You will need to bring a laptop if you want to practice during the workshop.) Sue Taylor-Owens will be available to answer your questions for Desire2Learn.

Wednesday (10/24)

SSC Campus Overview

Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 24, 1:00-2:00
Location: Morgan Hall room 053
Registration:

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Description: An introduction into the Student Success Collaborative (SSC) Campus platform.

Thursday (10/25)

SSC Campus Overview

Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop
Date/Time: Thursday, October 25, 1:00-2:00
Location: Henderson room 100-A (Finance Lab)
Registration:

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Description: An introduction into the Student Success Collaborative (SSC) Campus platform.

Friday (10/26)

Online Course Show & Tell with Jericho Hockett

Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Workshop
Date/Time: Friday, October 26, 12:00-1:00
Location: Online
Registration:

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Description: 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 Jericho Hockett will present one of her Psychology courses.

Tuesday (10/30)

diversity and inclusion badge  Teaching Matters - Diversity in STEM: What’s It Got To Do With Me?

Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Teaching Matters
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 30, 2:30-3:45
Tuesday, November 6, 2:30-3:45
Tuesday, November 13, 2:30-3:45
Location: Henderson Room 9 (STEM Classroom)
Registration:

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Description:

Facilitators: Karen Camarda, Jennifer Ball, Cherry Steffen, Lisa Douglas, and Sandy Tutwiler

What role should faculty play in expanding pathways for more women and minority students to enter and be successful in STEM majors and courses? Join faculty in a workshop to explore the current status of diversity of students pursuing STEM majors. Review and discuss strategies adopted by different programs throughout the nation to expand participation among women and minorities in STEM areas. Learn and experience a STEM approach to instruction that is designed to increase success in learning STEM subjects for all students.

Interactive Learning – Interactive for whom? Connect your TV, Connect Your Students

Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 30, 3:15-4:15pm
Location: Washburn Tech Brock room
Registration:

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Description: We will cover connecting and how to use Interactive TVs/Boards in the classrooms

Wednesday (10/31)

diversity and inclusion badge  Wednesday Webinar: What Learning Activities Help Student Veterans Succeed?

Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Webinar
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 31, 10:00-11:00
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Registration:

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Description: Learn practical techniques you can implement immediately to help student veterans succeed. Techniques include understanding the differences between military and academic decision making as well as how to teach student veterans how to reflect and write for an academic environment.

First-Year Student Success Initiatives & SSC Guide Major Explorer

Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 31, 1:00-2:00
Location: Morgan Hall room 053
Registration:

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Description: A conversation about First-Year Student Success Initiatives at Washburn University and an introduction to the Major Explorer function that students obtain in SSC Guide

Thursday (11/1)

First-Year Student Success Initiatives & SSC Guide Major Explorer

Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop
Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 1:00-2:00
Location: Henderson room 100-A (Finance Lab)
Registration:

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Description: A conversation about First-Year Student Success Initiatives at Washburn University and an introduction to the Major Explorer function that students obtain in SSC Guide

diversity and inclusion badge  Teaching Circle: Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms

Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Teaching Circle
Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 2:30-3:30
Thursday, November 8, 2:30-3:30
Thursday, November 15, 2:30-3:30
Location: Memorial Union Crane room
Registration:

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Description: We will be reading and discussing Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect (Routledge, 2014), edited by George Yancy and Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, a collection of essays that brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars of color to critically examine what it is like to explore race in predominantly white classrooms. It delves into the challenges academics face while dealing with the wide range of responses from both White students and students of color, and provides a powerful overview of how teachers of color highlight the continued importance and existence of race and racism. Exploring Race in Predominately White Classrooms is an essential resource for any educator interested in exploring race within the context of today’s classrooms.

Adjunct Connection Meet Up

Pillar: Other
Event Type: Networking
Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 1:00-2:00
Location: Memorial Union Vogel room
Registration:

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Description: Calling all adjunct instructors! Please join us at a casual gathering just for you to connect with each other. We will have pizza and meet in the Vogel Room at the Memorial Union from 4:30-6:00pm to gather informally to connect with each other. Pizza will be provided. Questions? Email Kelly McClendon (kelly.mcclendon@washburn.edu), your CTEL Fellow for Adjunct Faculty Support.


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)

Kelly McClendon

Kelly McClendon

  • Lecturer, International Programs
    (Adjunct Faculty Support)
Amy Memmer

Amy Memmer

  • Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
    (Active Learning Pedagogy)
Cindy Nebel

Cindy Nebel

  • Associate Professor, Psychology
    (Active Learning Pedagogy)
Tracy Routsong

Tracy Routsong

  • Professor, Communications
    (Teaching Consultation Coordinator)
Sandra Winn Tutwiler

Sandra Winn Tutwiler

  • Professor, Education
    (Teaching and Learning Diversity)
  • 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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