Transparent Assignment Design

Participants in this online workshop will review the research supporting transparency, apply it to example assignments from different disciplines, and to an assignment from their own course.

Date & Time:

Thursday, January 17, 2019
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
This online workshop opens on Jan. 17, 2019 and closes on Jan. 28, 2019. Participants may work at their own pace during the workshop.



This is an online asychronous workshop.

Transparency is a strategy that promotes equitable opportunities for academic success. Data from a 2014-2015 AAC&U study of students' learning at seven Minority-Serving Institutions indicates that transparency in assignments boosts students' success (and especially underserved students' success) significantly in three important areas:

  • academic confidence
  • sense of belonging
  • mastery of the skills employers value most when hiring (Winkelmes et al., Peer Review, Spring 2016).

This online workshop explores the transparency framework and its application to course assignments. You'll have an opportunity to review the educational research supporting transparency (and take a deeper dive if you wish). As you work through the module, you'll apply that research to some examples of assignments in different disciplines, and you'll have a chance to apply the principles to one of your own assignments to increase the assignment's transparency. 

This workshop is part of the Inclusive Classroom Institute and is open to all faculty, regardless of whether or not you intend to pursue certification.

To make an accessibility request, call Disability Resources at (651) 962-6315.