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.

Upcoming Events

Until further notice, all C-TEL events will be held via Zoom (unless otherwise noted in the event).

 

Quizzes in D2L

In this session we will cover how to create and score quizzes in Desire2Learn.

Wednesday, July 15, 2:00-3:30 - Register Here

 

Grades in D2L

In this session we will cover how to set up your gradebook and enter grades in Desire2Learn.

Thursday, July 16, 2:00-3:30 - Register Here

 

Advanced D2L Q&A

Bring all your questions to this session where Sue Taylor-Owens will be answering things about the more advanced functions of D2L.(We consider anything that wasn't covered in previous sessions as advanced.)

Friday, July 17, 2:00-3:30 - Register Here

 

Verbal Deescalation Techniques: Communication Skills for the Covid Classroom

This workshop, facilitated by Tonya Ricklefs, will provide deescalation strategies for faculty who will teach face-to-face this fall, and will be responsible for helping students follow university safety requirements. Participants will learn about their personal conflict styles; the fight, flight, or freeze reactions of individuals when faced with conflict; and some basic techniques on how to communicate with individuals in high conflict situations.

Wednesday, July 22, 10:30-12:00 - Register Here

 

Shining the Spotlight on Instructor Presence in an Online Course

This workshop will focus upon practical ways to make instructor presence visible and integrated throughout the online course. Using a research-based framework called the Community of Inquiry, this workshop will focus upon practical ways to make instructor presence visible and integrated throughout the online course.

Thursday, July 23, 10:00-11:00 - Register Here

 

Adding Learning Games and Flash Cards Online Using StudyMate Campus

Don’t settle for a flashcard website. StudyMate Campus makes it easy for teachers and students to create flash cards, self-assessments, and learning games – all from within D2L. Come discover how StudyMate Campus can transform the learning experience in your course.

Tuesday, July 28, 10:00-11:00 - Register Here

 

Laying it All Out: Approaches to Communicating Course Structure to Students

Students may be learning in several different modalities this fall. This workshop will outline strategies to communicate and clarify your course structure, so your students will understand your expectations and how the course will unfold.

Thursday, July 30, 10:00-11:00 - Register Here

 

Introduction to the Respondus LockDown Browser

In this workshop we will discuss the Respondus LockDown Browser for securing your tests and quizzes in Desire2Learn. The Respondus LockDown Browser is intended to curb cheating by limiting a student’s computer to only the test-taking environment. We will cover the pros, cons, and how to set it up in your courses.

Tuesday, August 4, 10:00-11:00 - Register Here

 

Adding Learning Games and Flash Cards Online Using StudyMate Campus

Don’t settle for a flashcard website. StudyMate Campus makes it easy for teachers and students to create flash cards, self-assessments, and learning games – all from within D2L. Come discover how StudyMate Campus can transform the learning experience in your course.

Thursday, August 6, 2:00-3:00 - Register Here

 

Laying it All Out: Approaches to Communicating Course Structure to Students

Students may be learning in several different modalities this fall. This workshop will outline strategies to communicate and clarify your course structure, so your students will understand your expectations and how the course will unfold.

Monday, August 10, 1:00-2:00 - Register Here

 

Introduction to the Respondus LockDown Browser

In this workshop we will discuss the Respondus LockDown Browser for securing your tests and quizzes in Desire2Learn. The Respondus LockDown Browser is intended to curb cheating by limiting a student’s computer to only the test-taking environment. We will cover the pros, cons, and how to set it up in your courses.

Thursday, August 13, 2:30-3:30 - Register Here

 

Verbal Deescalation Techniques: Communication Skills for the Covid Classroom

This workshop, facilitated by Tonya Ricklefs, will provide deescalation strategies for faculty who will teach face-to-face this fall, and will be responsible for helping students follow university safety requirements. Participants will learn about their personal conflict styles; the fight, flight, or freeze reactions of individuals when faced with conflict; and some basic techniques on how to communicate with individuals in high conflict situations.

Friday, August 14, 2:00-3:30 - Register Here

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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