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Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning

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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.

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Freedom of Speech & Expression Themester Workshop

Date: Mon 12/17/18 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Location: Garvey room 231
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

Get inspired to incorporate the 2019 Themester topic “Freedom of Speech & Expression” into your spring courses.

Learn more about the Themester initiative, the 2019 topic, and brainstorm ways to use Themester to advance one or more of your course learning objectives.

Teaching Matters: Strategies for Active Learning

Date: Mon 12/17/18 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Garvey room 231
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Teaching Matters

This event has 3 parts (when you register for this one, you will be registered for all 3):

  • Monday, December 17, 1:00-3:00
  • Tuesday, December 18, 1:00-3:00
  • Wednesday, December 19, 1:00-3:00

This Teaching Matters Learning Community (led by Amy Memmer and Michael McGuire) 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

Winter Adjunct Institute

Date: Thu 12/20/18 8:00AM - 11:00PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Other

This is a fully online, asynchronous course that runs from Thursday, December 20 - Tuesday, January 8.

This 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.

Course Design Boot Camp

Date: Wed 01/09/19 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Garvey room 231
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Course Design

This event has 3 parts (when you register for this one, you will be registered for all 3):

  • Wednesday, January 9, 9:00-12:00
  • Thursday, January 10, 9:00-12:00
  • Friday, January 11, 9:00-12:00
Join Melanie Burdick and Sue Taylor-Owens in this intensive, hands-on seminar. We will offer participants the opportunity to create or revise a course through backwards design. All course types are welcome (in-person, hybrid, and online).

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Teaching Circle: Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces

Date: Wed 01/23/19 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Teaching Circle

This event has 3 parts (when you register for this one, you will be registered for all 3):

  • Wednesday, January 23, 11:00-12:00
  • Wednesday, January 30, 11:00-12:00
  • Wednesday, February 6, 11:00-12:00

How the essential democratic values of diversity and free expression can coexist on campus. Safe spaces, trigger warnings, microaggressions, the disinvitation of speakers, demands to rename campus landmarks―debate over these issues began in lecture halls and on college quads but ended up on op-ed pages in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, on cable news, and on social media. Some of these critiques had merit, but others took a series of cheap shots at “crybullies” who needed to be coddled and protected from the real world. Few questioned the assumption that colleges must choose between free expression and diversity. In Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces, John Palfrey argues that the essential democratic values of diversity and free expression can, and should, coexist on campus.

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Teaching Circle: Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms

Date: Thu 01/24/19 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Location: TBD
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Teaching Circle

This event has 3 parts (when you register for this one, you will be registered for all 3):

  • Thursday, January 24, 2:30-3:30
  • Thursday, January 31, 2:30-3:30
  • Thursday, February 7, 2:30-3:30

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.

Online Course Show & Tell with Tracie Lutz

Date: Mon 01/28/19 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Pedagogy
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 Tracie Lutz will present one of her Education courses.

The Construction of Race through Primary Sources

Date: Wed 01/30/19 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Vogel room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

It has become axiomatic to assert that race is a social construction rather than a fact rooted in biology, but that assertion defers rather than answer key questions: How, when, by whom, and to what ends are the categories of race socially constructed? To answer such questions, the best approach is through primary sources, employing those sources to examine the developing discourse on race at critical moments of contention. Using examples from my own studies of Victorian Britain, I aim to shed some light on the ways in which primary sources can fill out our picture of the construction of race.

Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Managing a Meaningful and Active Online Course

Date: Sat 02/02/19 8:00AM - 11:00PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Course Design

This is a fully online, asynchronous course that runs from Saturday, February 2 - Sunday, April 15.

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 Course Design

Date: Sat 02/02/19 8:00AM - 11:00PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Course Design

This is a fully online course that runs from Saturday, February 2 - Sunday, April 29.

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.

Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Online Course Design - Accelerated

Date: Sat 02/02/19 8:00AM - 11:00PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Course Design

This is a fully online, asynchronous course that runs from Saturday, February 2 - Sunday, March 18.

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 discussion boards and an assignment due every week.

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)
Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

  • Associate Professor, Psychology
    (Active Learning Pedagogy)
Amy Memmer

Amy Memmer

  • Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
    (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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