Transparent Assignment and Syllabus Design

Transparent assignment and syllabus design have been demonstrated to improve student learning outcomes. In particular, transparent design particularly benefits traditionally underrepresented student populations. According to Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, "Students who received more transparency reported gains in three areas that are important predictors of students’ success: academic confidence, sense of belonging, and mastery of the skills that employers value most when hiring. While the benefits for all students in the aggregate who received more transparency were statistically significant, the benefits for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students were greater, with a medium-to-large sized magnitude of effect." (2015) This session will provide a brief overview of the research on transparent design as well as offer participants an opportunity to explore and redesign an assignment of their choice. We ask that attendees bring an assignment description with them to use during this hour-long working session. The goal is that participants leave with an understanding of transparent design as well as a redesigned assignment to use in the fall semester.

  • Presenter: Matthew Lexow
  • Date: Wed, 5/22/2019
  • From: 3:00 p.m.
  • To: 4:00 p.m.
  • Campus: Macon
  • Location: MAC271
  • Remaining Seats: 14
  • Last Updated: 1 month ago.

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