TILT Higher Ed Examples and Resources
The following resources from the Transparency in Learning and Teaching project (TILT Higher Ed) can help faculty, educational developers and administrators to apply the Transparency Framework (of purpose/task/criteria) in contexts including assignments, curricula, assessment and strategic initiatives, all toward the goal of enhancing student success equitably.
Introduction to Transparency in Learning and Teaching
Talking about Transparent Instruction
- Yong, Darryl. "How Transparency Improves Learning." Teaching Tidbits (Mathematical Association of America blog), October 24, 2017.
- Nichols, Karen. "Remember 'Transparency' in Your Instructional Continuity Preparations." CAT FooD, August 18, 2017.
- Mulnix, Amy B. "The Power of Transparency in Your Teaching." Faculty Focus: Higher Ed Teaching Strategies, November 6, 2016.
- Gambill, Sandy. "Transparent Assignments." Inclusive Teaching, November 30, 2016.
- Volk, Steven. "Revealing the Secret Handshakes: The Rules of Clear Assignment Design." Article of the Week: Teaching and Learning at Oberlin College, September 27, 2015.
- “Mary-Ann Winkelmes: Transparency in Teaching and Learning” interview, Smart Talks, Project Information Literacy
- “Small Teaching Changes, Big Learning Benefits” video interview with Mary-Ann Winkelmes, ACUE Community ‘Q’ Blog, Expert Series, December 2016.
- Great Conversations: Mary-Ann Winkelmes video interview at Indiana University (6 min:47 sec - 10 min: 25 sec)
- Faculty at 7 institutions reflect on their use of transparent assignment design (as part of an AAC&U project funded by TG Philanthropy) in the "Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning" issue of Peer Review, (Winter/Spring 2016) vol.18, no. 1/2.
- Faculty at University of Nevada, Las Vegas reflect on their use of transparently designed assignments in “Benefits (some unexpected) of Transparently Designed Assignments.” National Teaching and Learning Forum 24, 4 (May 2015), pages 4-6.
- Faculty at Texas Tech University discuss the design process and impacts of transparent assignments in their courses: Transparent Assignment Design at Texas Tech: A Panel Discussion, 13th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference, Texas Tech University, March 3, 2017.
Example Assignments (more and less transparent)
Tools for Revising/Creating your Own Transparent Assignments
Tools for Gathering Feedback on your Draft Assignments
Workshop Videos and Slides
- Transparent Assignment Design faculty workshop videorecording (“Using Transparent Assignments to Increase Students' Success,” Mary-Ann Winkelmes, keynote workshop, 13th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference, Texas Tech University, March 3, 2017.
- Part 1) Research findings
- Part 2) Example Assignments
- Part 3) Peer feedback on your own assignments
Additional Materials to Support Assignment Design