Designing Transparent Assignments

About the Module

Are you searching for a framework for designing assignments in a systematic way that is transparent about the purpose, task, and criteria to ensure student success in the learning process. Designing transparent assignments will better demonstrate the meaning, value, and relevance of assignments to students. Participants in this webinar will be shown how to implement this framework by taking an FCS assignment and making it transparent so students know exactly what their FCS educator expects them to achieve in that assignment. Transparency creates a more level playing field for all students.

Presenter will discuss:

  1. Explain why the Transparent Design Assignment Framework helps teacher be more transparent about the purpose of their course content and actions taken;
  2. How teachers can see their classroom from each student's perspective;
  3. How to  analyze an assignment and apply the strategies to make it transparent; and
  4. Show why transparent teaching needs to be aligned with every assignment.

Resources Available to AAFCS Members Only

Members: To view and access the resources for the module, you must be logged in to your MyAAFCS account.

Resources for this professional development module include the following:
  • Resource document provided by presenters
  • Web Links related to topic
  • Lesson Plan related to topic
  • Global Interdependence in Action
  • Recommended Readings and AAFCS PDU Certificate
BdqE0jKkQzSLs8at9NCy_Cindy%20Miller%20Title%20Slide-M.jpegAAFCS Members: To see the "View Recording" button and the Module Resources, you MUST be logged in to your MyAAFCS account.

Correlations to Standards

The resources provided for this VPD Module correlate with the:  

FCS Body of Knowledge
  • Capacity Building
Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards 3.0
  • Education & Early Childhood
  • Methodology can be used in all Areas of Study
National Standards for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Curriculum Development
  •  Instructional Strategies and Resources
  • Student and Program Assessment

Meet the Presenter

Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Miller is an Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Education in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University and serves as the Coordinator of a Teaching and Training in Human Sciences Graduate Certificate. She is currently serving as a member of the AAFCS’ Nominating Committee, Taskforce for Program Advancement, Past President’s Unit, and as a mentor for the Leadership Academy. Cindy has served as Past President (2019-20), President (2018-19), and Board of Director At-Large (2017-2020) for AAFCS. Cindy teaches face-to-face and online undergraduate and graduate courses where she continually asks the question, “How can family and consumer sciences teachers be supported in transforming their thinking and strengthening their practice?”