Support Student Success with Transparent Assignment Design

The National Association of System Heads (NASH) is sponsoring a webinar with Mary-Ann Winkelmes, entitled The Unwritten Rules of College: Creating Transparent Assignments that Increase Underserved College Students’ Success.  Mary-Ann is the founder and director of the Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Project (TILT Higher Ed). CU Boulder will be among a number of institutions nationwide participating on Monday, April, 15. Participants are invited to convene on campus and will join the virtual session as a team.

Transparent instruction is an inclusive, equitable teaching practice that can enhance High Impact Practices by making learning processes explicit and promoting student success equitably. A 2016 AAC&U study (Winkelmes et al.) identifies transparent assignment design as a small, easily replicable teaching intervention that significantly enhances students' success, with greater gains by historically underserved students. A 2018 study suggests those benefits can boost students' retention rates for up to two years. In this session, we'll review the findings and examine some sample assignments. Then we’ll apply the research to revising some class activities and assignments. Participants will leave with a draft assignment or activity for one of their courses, and a concise set of strategies for designing transparent assignments that promote students’ learning equitably.

The CU Boulder group will be convened by ASSETT (Arts & Sciences Support of Education Through Technology). All members of the campus community are invited.

Room capacity is limited to 30 participants. Sign up online or contact Joy Adams (

NOTE: This webinar includes group activities. To optimize learning, it is strongly encouraged that attendees participate as part of their campus team and meet in person.  If you are unable to meet as part of your campus team you can register as an individual (space is limited).

Monday, April 15, 2019 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE), E351

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