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Teaching Excellence Program

TEP Pedagogy Happy Hour

Date: 3:30pm - 5:00pm PST November 27, 2018 Location: Gregg Pavilion

The Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) will hold its first Happy Hour on Tuesday, November 27 from 3:30-5:00 in the Gregg Pavilion. TEP’s guest speaker, Janet Steverson (Dean for Diversity and Inclusion) will facilitate this hands-on workshop, Improving Student Success through Transparent Teaching

Most of us do our best to offer opportunities for all students to succeed in our classrooms. And most of us do our best to design assignments that will help all students apply and expand their understanding of what we teach them. But what if we unintentionally are making our assignments more accessible to some students than to others? What can be done to create an environment where all students start off with similar opportunities for success? 

Research suggests that students are more successful when faculty are transparent with regard to their class activities and assignments. The research also demonstrates that first generation students and students from lower socioeconomic circumstances show a marked improvement in class success when a faculty member employs transparent teaching. But what does it mean to teach “transparently”?  

Being transparent means moving the knowledge and understanding of the rationale for one’s class activities and assignments from the faculty member to the students. Being transparent means better explaining the assignment’s purpose (why do this assignment?), the task (how should this assignment be done?), and the criteria for evaluation (what does excellent work look like?). In this workshop we will discuss and practice using one mechanism for making assignments more transparent.  

Janet Steverson will launch next Tuesday’s workshop with a brief overview of transparent teaching, but the tools that will help you to employ transparent teaching techniques are linked under Related Content. Please review the 1st attachment (Improving Student Success) and the 2nd attachment (Transparent Teaching PPT slides) in advance of the workshop. This will set the foundation for the workshop itself. It also will be helpful if you bring (or at least think about in advance) an assignment from one of your classes to use during the hands-on part of the workshop.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Although an RSVP is not required, a rough headcount would be helpful. If you plan to attend, please RSVP below or email

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