Call: “Teaching with Transparency” 2018-19 Community of Practice

Have you ever puzzled over why some students didn’t appear to grasp your expectations for an assignment, while others seemed to “get it”? Ever wondered why it’s the “A” students who show up to your office hours? In 2018-19, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning will facilitate a teaching and learning community that will consider how teaching with greater transparency may help us ensure all students are able to navigate our courses successfully.

Studies show that improving the transparency within your syllabi and course assignments can promote student success within your course. Research also suggests promoting greater transparency may be especially helpful for underrepresented students because it helps them to learn the “unwritten rules” of college and build navigational capital that they can use in all courses (Winkelmes, 2015; Winkelmes, 2016).

Over the course of eight meetings, this community will explore research that examines the relationship between transparency in teaching, student learning, and persistence to graduation. We will also consider how the practice of culturally relevant pedagogy may provide the necessary framework to teach with genuine transparency. Community fellows will meet to discuss educational research, work together to develop practical transparent teaching ideas, incorporate greater transparency into one of their courses, and share experiences and assessed results with their cohort and the UWGB campus community.


In addition to the comradery that a learning community provides, community fellows will receive reading materials and $275 S&E that they may spend on instructional development such as books, course materials or travel to a teaching-related conference such as the UW System’s OPID Teaching and Learning Conference in April 2019.


Any instructors teaching in the fall and spring of 2018-19 may apply.

How to apply

Please send your application via e-mail to the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning ( by May 16, 2018. Your application only need include:

  • A brief letter of interest that provides a description of the course you wish to explore with the Teaching and Learning Community fellows. You may want to consider courses that exhibit a wide or irregular distribution of scores or where student performance doesn’t align with your expectations. Please include information on class size, typical student demographics (e.g. largely non-majors and first years), and what part or parts of the course you intend to focus on.
  • A brief memo of support from your unit chair (one sentence is fine).