Transparent teaching methods help students understand how and why they are learning course content in particular ways. This list of options is adapted frequently as faculty participants identify further ways to provide explicit information to students about learning and teaching practices. Faculty participants usually employ one option from the list and students indicate the impact of this small change when they complete an online survey (taking about four to five minutes) at the end of the course. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your suggestions to the list.
Discuss assignments' learning goals and design rationale before students begin each assignment
Chart out the skills students will practice in each assignment [See example.]
Begin each assignment by defining the learning benefits to students (skills practiced, content knowledge gained, the tasks to be completed, the criteria for success)