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Transparent Assignments


Overview (Spring 2023)

Do you find it challenging to manage course content while also addressing unanticipated student writing shortfalls? Do you tell your students, “Go get help at the Learning Resource Center (LRC)?” While the LRC helps students with writing at all stages, many faculty don’t realize some easy ways they can facilitate connecting students with this campus support. Please join the LRC and Faculty Development for a five-part series as we work towards creating more transparent writing prompts, better scaffolding, and more effective collaborations between instructors and the Writing Center to help address student writing improvement across the disciplines and at all levels.

Program Dates & Times

We'll meet from 2:00-4:00pm on 5 Tuesdays: March, 28th on campus or online, April. 4th, 11th, 18 and 25th on Zoom.

What are the easy steps involved?
  1. Complete a short application 
  2. Attend all 5 series workshops: the first meeting will be offered HyFlex; attend on Zoom or in-person at the Learning Resource Center (University Library room 300). Subsequent meetings will be online only via Zoom.
  3. Work with a writing instructor in the Learning Resource Center to modify your assignment guidelines in one of your fall courses using our easy template.
  4. Share your revised assignment guidelines and complete a follow-up FacDev final assessment.

Who is eligible to apply?

All faculty, tenure-track and lecturers who are currently teaching this semester with a real assignment they want to significantly revise are encouraged to apply. This is highly appropriate for faculty who give writing assignments and are interested in learning how the LRC could be optimized. Priority will be given to those who have not yet learned about transparent assignments and faculty not already implementing a specific teaching intervention this semester.


$200 for completing all program requirements.


Applications for the Spring 2023 series are closed. Stay tuned for the Transparent Assignments Fall 2023 Series.

Unable to Attend? 

We typically offer this series each semester and sometimes as a two-hour workshop. We have even been invited to departments to provide this workshop; contact us at if you'd like us to come to you. However, we also have an entire resource about this template in our Transparent Assignments Teaching Toolkit which you can learn more about asynchronously. 




Where is FacDev located?

Valera Hall 215 (formerly University Hall)
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8473


How can I contact FacDev?



Who are the people in FacDev?

FacDev Base Team
Faculty Affiliates
Faculty Peer Reviewers
New Faculty Foundations Committee
Pathways to Tenure Grant Review Committee
Active Learning Ambassadors
eLearning Ambassadors