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…

Interactive Whiteboard Practice Session

Date: Thu 10/03/19 2:30PM - 3:00PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 53
Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop

Multiple date & time slots available - See registration link for details

These sessions will only be open to groups of three at a time to allow personalized guidance for your particular teaching needs. Erik Carlson will be on hand to answer questions and provide suggestions allowing participants to practice and become comfortable using an interactive whiteboard before going live with students. All practice sessions will be in Morgan 053.

Open Resources Working Group

Date: Tue 10/22/19 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Mabee Library room 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.

Lunch and Learn

Date: Thu 10/24/19 11:10AM - 11:40AM
Location: Washburn Tech, Basement Conference Center
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Workshop

Faculty teaching methods roundtable. TBA

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

Date: Thu 10/24/19 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.

Reflecting on Civic Engagement

Date: Fri 10/25/19 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Shawnee room
Pillar: HICEPs
Event Type: Workshop

The key to academic education, community-learning, and civic engagement is reflection. Bring your brown bag and learn some reflection best practices:

  • Continuous
  • Connected
  • Challenging
  • Contextualized
More Info? Contact Karen Barron @ CTEL 670-2835 or 670-1908

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Teaching Action Group: Teaching to Deconstruct Whiteness

Date: Mon 10/28/19 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 205
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Teaching Action Group

Monday, October 28, 2:00-3:00
Monday, November 11, 2:00-3:00
Monday, November 25, 2:00-3:00

Teaching Action Groups (TAGs) are a series of three or more sessions focused upon a particular issue or strategy in teaching and learning. These advanced inquiry groups are highly participatory and limited in size. Participants should have some introductory knowledge of the topic, be willing to look critically at the topic, and apply what they have learned into their own contexts. This TAG will consider strategies to deconstruct whiteness through our work with students. Beginning in the seventeenth century, “whiteness” and the concept of race was invented by wealthy Europeans and European-Americans to secure their own power. These concepts continue to provide a foundation for systemic racism. Faculty and staff dedicated to social justice can help students recognize and deconstruct whiteness through teaching and learning strategies, assignments, curriculum, and pedagogy.

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Wednesday Webinar - Why is Intercultural Competence Important and How Can it Improve my Teaching?

Date: Wed 10/30/19 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Webinar

In this webinar, participants learn to reflect on their own assumptions that they bring to the classroom, as well as strategies to overcome assumptions and foster a more culturally responsive approach to teaching.

Teaching Circle: Teach Students How to Learn

Date: Mon 11/04/19 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Location: Morgan Hall room 203
Pillar: Pedagogy
Event Type: Teaching Circle

Monday, November 4, 1:00-2:00
Monday, November 11, 1:00-2:00
Monday, November 18, 1:00-2:00

For over a decade Saundra McGuire has been acclaimed for her presentations and workshops on metacognition and student learning because the tools and strategies she shares have enabled faculty to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success. This book encapsulates the model and ideas she has developed in the past fifteen years, ideas that are being adopted by an increasing number of faculty with considerable effect.

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When Political Discussions Get Heated

Date: Tue 11/05/19 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Location: Memorial Union Shawnee room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

Conflicts occur in the classroom, often centered around political differences and other forms of diversity. Heated moments can occur in any classroom and could increase stress or prevent learning. There are, however, techniques that we can develop as instructors to make conflicts into teaching moments. The purpose of this session is to present and share ideas that have worked well and explore others that have not. Those attending may share tools and ideas for others to take back and try in the classroom. Facilitators will present strategies and provide information on teaching tools as well!

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Hear Us Out: International Students' Campus Experience

Date: Wed 11/06/19 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Vogel room
Pillar: Diversity
Event Type: Workshop

Come hear what has been helpful and challenging to our international students as they attended classes, navigated American culture and managed their lives on campus. This session will include a panel of international students who will share their experiences and also answer questions from participants.

Do Exam Wrappers Increase Metacognitive Awareness and Student Test Scores?

Date: Thu 11/07/19 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Shawnee room
Pillar: Assessment
Event Type: Workshop

This workshop provides information on how faculty can create and implement a course intervention known as “Exam Wrappers,” which are used to help students learn more about how they learn. Faculty will learn the types of questions commonly used on exam wrappers and how this intervention can facilitate metacognitive growth. Further, faculty will create their own wrapper for use in the classroom.

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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