“Transparent Instruction: What, Why, and How?”

Hosted by Mary-Ann Winkelmes


Transparent instruction involves direct communication among teachers and students about the methods of teaching and learning. Data from a national study by the AAC&U identified transparent instruction as an equitable teaching intervention that significantly enhances students' success, with greater gains for historically underserved students, including those who are the first in their families to attend college or from low-income or underrepresented racial or ethnic groups. Transparent instruction has also been proven to enhance students' confidence, metacognition, persistence and retention.

In this interactive workshop led by transparency expert Mary-Ann Winkelmes, participants will review the research findings; discuss an example assignment from the research study with peer instructors; and leave with a concise set of strategies and tools for incorporating greater transparency in their teaching or collaborative work.

Mary-Ann Winkelmes is the Founder, Director, and Principal Investigator of the Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education project (TILT Higher Ed), which promotes direct conversation between teachers and students about methods of teaching and learning and helps faculty to use education practices grounded in evidence about students' learning shared across institutions and countries.

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