As we moved course content to online learning environments during the COVID-19 pandemic, we discovered that students needed more explicitly worded assignments. We used Transparent Assignment Design (TAD) to create clear assignments so students would be able to understand the rationale and expectations for performance and be able to rise to meet them. A multidisciplinary team collaboratively redesigned and created assignments following the TAD heuristic (Winkelmes, Boye, & Tapp, 2019). This heuristic emphasizes clarifying the purpose for the assignment such that students know what concepts and skills they will learn and demonstrate. It also provides a clear task list for completing the assignment. Finally, students are given opportunities to review successful assignments using the criteria for evaluation before they begin working on the assignment. We conducted a survey of students to learn their perceptions of the TAD assignments. Students responded positively to the revised and newly created assignments.
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