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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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: Mabee 206B
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.

Questioning Techniques: Checking for Understanding (at Washburn Tech)

Date: Thu 02/06/20 3:15PM - 4:15PM
Location: Washburn Tech, AW 121
Pillar: Assessment
Event Type: Workshop