An online workshop led by Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Brandeis University
The new incoming student population in U.S. higher education is increasingly diverse, multi-generational and non-traditional. Yet these are the same students colleges and universities often struggle to serve adequately. Transparent instruction is a technique that promotes student success on several dimensions and is easy to apply in both online and face-to-face settings. Studies have shown that using transparent assignments significantly enhances the performance, academic self-confidence, sense of belonging, and persistence of all students, with historically underserved students showing the greatest gains (Winkelmes et al., 2016; Gianoutsos & Winkelmes, 2016; Winkelmes et al., 2019). Join us for this highly interactive online workshop, led by one of the country’s leading scholars of transparent instruction.
The workshop will consist of four parts:
1. Review of research findings
2. Small-group discussion of sample assignments
3. Work in pairs or groups to apply the evidence-based Transparency in Learning & Teaching (TILT) framework to the design of one of your own class activities or assignments
4. Brief presentation of ongoing opportunities to deepen your learning
Participants will leave with a draft assignment or activity for one of their courses and a concise set of strategies for designing transparent assignments and class activities that equitably promote students’ success in online, face-to-face, and hybrid teaching/learning environments.