This workshop provides time, space, and structure for faculty to collaborate with peers and gain valuable feedback to help improve their assignments by adding purpose and clarity to assignment instructions.

In Session I, participants will be introduced to the basic principles of transparent assignment design, developed as a part of a national initiative (Transparency in Learning and Teaching project, TILT Higher Ed) to promote equity and foster student success. The focus will be on improving assignments by explicitly addressing, not only the main task, but also the how and the why of assignments. The principles of transparent assignment design are critical in an online course setting but also apply to all types of modalities.

In Session II, participants will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback from colleagues in a collaborative setting. Facilitators with experience designing and teaching online courses will guide small groups through an assignment review process.

Workshop participants can expect to:

  • Improve the connection between course assignments and learning goals
  • Provide students with explicit reasons for completing an assignment
  • Give and get feedback from colleagues in a collaborative setting
  • Get advice on designing effective online assignments from experienced faculty and staff

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who teaches at RIT and has an assignment they would like to update and improve. Note that participants need to share a draft of an existing assignment prior to the first session. 


Participants register for two virtual sessions:

Session I: May 11, 2020, 10 am - 11 am  

Session II: May 18 and 19, 2020, Participants register for one 90 minute time slot: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Meet the Facilitators

Leah Bradley is Assistant Director in the Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment

Dr. Sandi Connelly is a Principal Lecturer in the College of Science

Marty Golia is an Instructional Design Researcher and Consultant with RIT Online

Dr. Colin Mathers is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy

Workshop Full

Check back soon for other workshop opportunties. 

For more information, contact

Leah Bradley, Assistant Director