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…

WU-mester Planning Workshop

Date: Mon 12/16/19 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 154
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

Get inspired to incorporate the 2020 spring semester topic “Citizenship and Suffrage” into your courses.

Learn more about the spring semester topic initiative, the 2020 topic, and brainstorm ways to use spring semester topic to advance one or more of your course learning objectives.

Online Winter Adjunct Institute

Date: Wed 12/18/19 12:00AM - Fri 01/10/20 11:30PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Course Design
Event Type: Workshop

This online 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. The class will open December 18, but no assignments will be due until after January 1.

Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Managing an Active Online Course

Date: Mon 01/06/20 12:00AM - Sun 03/08/20 11:30PM
Location: online
Pillar: Online Education
Event Type: Course Design

Learning is not a passive process; it requires action, experience, and engagement. This course emphasizes the need to think about online instruction in more active terms. During this course, faculty will reflect upon how they manage their online courses with the aim of helping faculty create and manage meaningful learning experiences in the online environment.

This is a real-time, fully online course taught by Keith Farwell, about managing a meaningful and active online course.

Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Online Design Course

Date: Mon 01/27/20 12:00AM - Sun 04/19/20 11:30PM
Location: online
Pillar: Online Education
Event Type: Course Design

Are you teaching an online course next semester for the very first time? Do you struggle to organize your online content? Do you need to know what to do to make your class ADA compliant? Help is on the way! C-TEL is offering the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI). This program is designed to help you design a great online course!

This a real-time online course taught by Sue Taylor-Owens about course design. There will be at least 1 synchronous meeting at the beginning of the course and discussion boards and an assignment every other week.

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Wednesday Webinar: What Culturally Responsive Teaching Techniques Can I Use to Improve Learning?

Date: Wed 01/29/20 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Webinar

In this webinar, faculty become more aware of cultural differences as well as the intersectionality of all different cultures represented in the classroom to engage with students on a deeper level.

Adjunct Connection Meet Up

Date: Thu 01/30/20 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Location: Memorial Union Shawnee room
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Networking

Calling all adjunct instructors! Please join us at a casual gathering just for you to connect with each other. We will meet to gather informally to connect with each other. Food will be provided. Questions? Email Kelly McClendon (kelly.mcclendon@washburn.edu), your CTEL Fellow for Adjunct Faculty Support.

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Teaching Circle: White Fragility

Date: Tue 02/04/20 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Teaching Circle

Tuesday, February 4, 10:00-11:00
Tuesday, February 11, 10:00-11:00
Tuesday, February 18, 10:00-11:00

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Open Resources Working Group

Date: Wed 02/05/20 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 53
Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop

This working group will take place in a computer lab, so participants will be able to explore, share, and identify Open Resources for their classes. Amanda Luke, Open Resources Librarian, will be on hand to introduce popular resources and help find particular instructional content. Participants are encouraged to bring their syllabuses for an upcoming course.

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Teaching Circle: Crucible Moment

Date: Wed 02/05/20 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Location: Benton Hall room 204
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Teaching Circle

Wednesday, February 5, 10:30-11:30
Wednesday, February 12, 10:30-11:30
Wednesday, February 19, 10:30-11:30

A Crucible Moment calls on educators and public leaders to advance a 21st century vision of college learning for all students—a vision with civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of every student’s college education. The report documents the nation’s anemic civic health and includes recommendations for action that address campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry as part of major and career fields as well as hands-on civic problem solving across differences.

Teaching Matters: Strategies for Active Learning

Date: Fri 02/07/20 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 53
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Teaching Matters

Friday, February 7, 1:00-2:15
Friday, February 21, 1:00-2:15
Friday, March 6, 1:00-2:15
Friday, March 20, 1:00-2:15
Friday, April 10, 1:00-2:15

This Teaching Matters (led by Amy Memmer and Rik Hine) is designed to facilitate faculty and staff explorations of student-centered active learning strategies, including developing and trouble-shooting activities, problems, and lessons. Participants will be asked to complete readings, short reflexive pieces, and some basic research. By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define the benefits and limitations of active learning strategies
  • Practice a concrete set of active learning strategies in your classrooms, including through use of available active learning technologies
  • Distinguish among strategies appropriate for different learning contexts (in person, online)
  • Begin developing relevant active learning strategies
  • Evaluate active learning teaching practices

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Multi-disciplinary Collaborations for Teaching Diversity

Date: Mon 02/10/20 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Shawnee room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

Participants of this workshop will learn about a multi-disciplinary project in which instructors from the Intensive English Program collaborated with faculty from Mass Media, English and Education to collaborate on projects focused on diversity and inclusion in the classroom. Facilitators will share their process then lead the participants in activities to find ways to adapt this to their own classes.