Transparent Design, Interesting Links, and a Few Announcements

The Fall semester is nearing crunch time, in particular for those teaching late-semester courses that are just hitting their stride, so this week’s CETL blog will be a brief digest, with some announcements and links appended.For those who weren’t able to attend last week’s sessions on assignment design, we took a pretty deep dive into the “TILT” (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) framework designed by Mary Ann Winkelmes and her colleagues at UNLV. In many ways, it’s a great example of what James Lang calls “small teaching”: “incremental–but very powerful–changes” that are based in the learning sciences, easy to implement, yet still make a big difference “in how we help students learn.” You can check out some of the TILT research, as well as examples of this assignment framework in action, at the project’s website, found here. What’s appealing about the TILT framework, as well as the philosophy which undergirds it, is how it seems to be of particular value to students from underrepresented groups (in particular minoritized, first-generation, and/or lower socioeconomic status students). At GV, we’ve been involved in course design and redesign projects to foster inclusive teaching. It’s time for us to start thinking about individual assignments and assessments in those courses as well, and ways in which we can align them to our larger purposes and goals. The TILT framework and its associated research, it seems to me, offers a lot of promise here. For a brief overview of its purpose and implementation, this video sums up the framework and the research its originators conducted:

A few interesting links that came across the timeline recently:

From Cathy Davidson at CUNY and HASTAC, here’s an interesting protocol for a first-day-of-class introductory activity designed to foster semester-long collaboration among students.

Following up on the recent post on Open Educational Resources (OER), here’s a LibGuide on OER maintained by the Library staff at Humboldt State University in California. It’s got some great overview material (including from materials from OER workshops on their campus) as well as links to subject-area open resources. This is a super-helpful resource for those interested in OERs and open education. And if you are, stay tuned to this space…some big news in this area coming soon!


Remember that beginning this semester, we’re using the CampusLabs online platform to administer our IDEA student ratings of instruction for our courses. You should have received an email last week from the Office of the Provost with a link to your faculty portal, from which you can select objectives for your classes and start preparing to administer IDEA. There are still a few training opportunities to get up to speed on this new platform: today (Monday the 11th) at 4 PM in the Krumm 26 computer lab, and on Thursday, November 14, 3-3:45 (right before the faculty meeting), also in Krumm 26. If you have any questions, or need some assistance but can’t make these sessions, please contact Pam Christoffers or Kevin Gannon and we’ll be glad to assist!

Have a question? Want to set up a consultation? Looking for ideas, strategies, or just another set of eyes on something? Make an appointment with CETL today! You can call 263-6102, contact us via this link, or directly book an appointment with Kevin that works with your schedule by clicking this Calendly link.

Finally, I feel like there’s a faculty governance joke in here somewhere 🙂


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