Center for Faculty Innovation

Creating Transparent Assignments

Tue, 24 Oct 2023 1:00 PM - Fri, 27 Oct 2023 10:00 AM

Attend this talk to learn three strategies for creating clear, explicit assignments.

We all create and grade assignments in our courses, ranging from quizzes to papers to group presentations. These assignments help us assess our students' learning, but they can also present challenges. You might create an assignment, but when students turn something in, it's not at all what you were expecting; the quality is terrible! Or you might create an assignment and, even though they complete it, students complain that it's busy work; they don't get the significance of what you're asking them to do! Or you might be inundated with questions from students about the assignment that take too much of your time to answer; they seem completely lost!

This talk will introduce participants to the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework, a guide for creating clear, explicit assignments. Transparent assignments are easier for students to understand and follow, and, hopefully, will be more enjoyable for you to review and grade. By adopting a transparent approach to assignment design, you'll be helping students from underserved groups, especially.

Event Date(s) & Time(s)

  • October 24 from 1-2 pm
  • October 27 from 9-10 am


  • Online via Zoom



Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only! If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend please email with your request.

If this is your first time visiting the registration page this semester, be sure to complete your profile information (including updating your college/division and department) for our records and clear your browser cache/cookies! You should also add comments about your dietary needs at the bottom of the profile form. This information is collected and stored with your online account for all future programs you may attend. 

October 24 October 27

Register by: It is recommended to register by 11:59 pm the day before the event to ensure that you receive your confirmation email with the Zoom participation link.


If you find that you are unable to attend a scheduled event prior to the registration deadline, please return to your account and cancel your registration. If it is after the event registration deadline, please email as early as possible.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations or accommodations (e.g., dietary, disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in your account profile during your registration. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.

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