Improving assessment using Transparency in Learning & Teaching

A Connections Workshop

Would you like to help your students interpret your assessment task and perform to their full potential? 

Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TiLT) aims to make higher education more accessible and equitable for students by removing barriers, particularly those that impact students who are first-in-family, who speak English as a second language, or who come from a disadvantaged background. Research on TiLT has shown that more transparency in teaching, and particularly in assessment, benefits all students, improving student confidence, performance and retention, and promoting metacognition and academic growth. 

In this workshop, you will use a simple framework to apply the principles of TiLT to an assessment in your course, without the need to completely redesign your assessment task. By the end of this workshop, you will have a more transparent assessment task, ready to utilise within your course. 

Participant note: All participants should bring a major assessment task (preferably not an exam) from one of their courses to work on during the workshop. For the most benefit, bring an assessment that students struggle with.


About the Speakers

Dr Alex Bannigan headshot

Dr Alex Bannigan is a biologist with experience designing and teaching a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including first year biology, microscopy and biological illustration. Alex is Head, Academic & Education Focussed Development, overseeing programs to support and develop teaching staff and teaching culture at UNSW.



Dr Sonya Brown headshot

Dr Sonya Brown is an expert in aerospace design and carbon composite materials. She is focused on education in aerospace design, from conceptual vehicle design to detailed structures and systems design. Sonya will share how using the principles of Transparency in Learning and Teaching has improved her students’ experience of assessment tasks in her courses, allowing students to improve their performance.




This event is a part of the Connections series, consisting of seminars and workshops that provide you with the opportunity to learn from your colleagues to inform your own teaching practice. This year, Connections will align with the Educational & Student Experience themes of “Listening, Challenging, Supporting”.