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CTLE Project Information Resources: Transparency in Teaching and Learning

This guide includes resources for more information related to project topics covered by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) at University of Houston-Downtown.

What is Transparency in Teaching and Learning?

Transparent teaching and learning activities "share several things in common: they are transparent, requiring explicit conversation among teachers and students about the processes of learning and the rationale for required learning activities; they involve relatively minor adjustments to any teacher’s current practice; and they are consistent with research-based best practices in higher education."

They are based on the idea that "students’ learning outcomes improved when they understood how and why instructors had structured their learning experiences in particular ways."

There are indications that transparent teaching practices are of most benefit to underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students.

Winkelmes, Mary-Ann. 2013. Transparency in Teaching: Faculty Share Data and Improve Students' Learning.

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