Transparent Assignment Design Fellowship
The Transparent Assignment Design Fellowship (TADF) supports instructors teaching AS&E students in transitioning their non-test assignments using the principles of transparent assignment design. Fellows meet over the course of one semester to learn the principles of transparent assignment design, transition their assignments, and workshop their assignments with their peers. They enjoy ongoing support from Teaching Center staff. The fellowship carries a $500 stipend for instructors to use in their teaching and research.
To apply for the fellowship, send an email to Rachel Remmel. In the email, name the course you would like to work on as part of the fellowship and when it will be taking place, and give a brief (no more than 250 word) description of the assignment(s) you would like to develop with the support of the fellowship. Fellowships are awarded on a rolling basis, but we recommend that applicants interested in joining the fall cohort apply by August 26.
Transparent assignment design has been shown to improve student performance, particularly for first-generation students. In one UNLV study, students who took a course containing just two transparently-designed assignments in one first-year course were retained at rates close to 15 percent higher after both one and two years than were their peers who did not take courses with transparently-designed assignments.
Instructors who would like to explore more about transparent assignment design on their own can consult:
- TILT High Ed website
- Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Allison Boye, and Suzanne Tapp, ed., Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership : A Guide to Implementing the Transparency Framework Institution-Wide to Improve Learning and Retention (Stylus, 2019)