As reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education (September 25, 2015 issue)
Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Professor in the Department of History and Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, is also a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is working with seven colleges across the nation including Queensborough Community College (CUNY), California State University at Los Angeles and the University of Houston, to “apply transparent teaching to problem-based assignments”.
When teaching is what she calls “transparent,” students better understand the rationale for assignments and how they’re evaluated. New research on several campuses shows that students taught this way are more confident academically and feel as if they belong in college, which helps predict whether they succeed and remain enrolled.
The project will monitor graduation and retention rates, as well as student, faculty and staff satisfaction surveys, for signs of progress.