Measuring Transparency: A Learning-Focused Assignment Rubric
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By combining recommendations for effective assignment design with principles of transparency in learning and teaching and the value-expectancy theory of achievement motivation, we have developed a rubric capable of assessing the quality of and guiding the design of assignments. The rubric defines broad criteria characteristic of well-designed assignments; breaks the criteria down into a set of concrete, measurable components; and suggests what evidence for each component might look like. While valid for major, signature assignments, it is flexible enough to accommodate a diverse range of levels, disciplines, institutions, and learning environments yet nuanced enough to provide summative information to educational developers using the tool for research purposes and formative feedback to instructors interested in gauging the quality and focus of their assignments.