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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning Transparent Teaching and Learning Workshop

Transparent Teaching and Learning: 

Clearer Assignments Promote Better Student Work

Half-day Faculty Development Workshop — May 16, 2017

Assignment design impacts student learning. A well-designed and transparent assignment can promote student learning by clarifying the purpose of the assignment for students, by decoding the tasks required to complete the assignment successfully, and specifying criteria for evaluation. Transparent assignments save faculty time when grading, as student work is more on track.

In this half-day workshop, faculty will be introduced to the principles of transparent assignment design. Participants will explore common impediments to strong student performance on key assignments. In a collaborative workshop setting, faculty will share assignments in small groups and incorporate transparency principles into the design of their own assignments. Faculty will leave with improved assignments that better promote learning by all students.

Open to all faculty and instructors at WSU. Teams welcome, as are Teaching Assistants with supervising/coordinating instructors.


Registration is now closed


CUE 518, Pullman campus
11:00am – 3:30 pm, with lunch provided



Washington State University