Transparency in teaching is currently a topic of conversation in higher ed, as this learner-centered approach increases student engagement, confidence, and success.
This Chronicle article, “The Unwritten Rules of College,” provides history on the idea and practice of helping students learn how to learn by making the 1) task, 2) purpose, and 3) the criteria of assignments explicit. For more details, check out the Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education project (TILT Higher Ed) at the University of Nevada. And be sure to scroll down for tips at the article’s end.
Note too that The Teaching Center consults with faculty and provides a workshop on the topic of transparent assignments, which will be presented at the summer faculty institute on inclusive teaching, IDEA FIT, May 24-25, 2017.