Transparent design is a practice which makes explicit for students the purpose, task, and criteria for success in each assignment.
Transparent design can be a great resource for explicitly aligning your assignments with your course, program, or institutional Student Learning Outcomes. Research indicates that making small changes toward transparency in course assignments can lead to greater success for all students, but in particular traditionally disadvantaged groups such as students of color or first-generation students.
Much of the research on Transparent Assignment Design comes from Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) Higher Ed. For more information and resources, please visit the links on the sidebar to the right.