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Procedures

Participating faculty involved in the initiative will receive support for researching their students’ learning, and the research results will be connected with a large and significant body of data on students’ learning across disciplines and institutions of higher education. Faculty may participate in two ways:

  1. “Control Group” faculty simply ask their students to complete an end-of-course online survey (taking about four five minutes) that assesses students’ learning experiences in the course.
  2. “Transparency Group” faculty will make one small adjustment to their usual teaching practice by selecting one mode of transparent learning and teaching for their experiment. At the end of the course, faculty participants and their students complete an online survey (taking about four or five minutes).

Results from many types of courses, institutions, students and faculty will be compiled and studied. In the short term, faculty will receive aggregate, anonymous information about their particular courses, along with comparative information (also aggregate and anonymous) about students in comparable courses. In the long term, results will be shared via conference presentations and publication.