Transparency and structure are important in a college classroom as they provide learners with a clear roadmap for learning. Transparent communication of course objectives, expectations, and assessment criteria foster a sense of clarity and fairness. Structure in the course design, scheduling, and organization of materials ensures that learners can navigate the learning journey effectively. This also creates an accessible learning experience for your students.
UTSA is dedicated to ensuring access to digital materials and content for all, regardless of class modality. The Academic Innovation Digital Accessibility team provides resources for creating accessible content, including support for the Canvas integrated automated accessibility checker Ally, to increase access for all students, and offer services to help you along the way.
Here are a few other tips to help you with transparency, structure and routines in your own courses.
- Set clear expectations for attendance, participation, assignments and assessments. Communicate these expectations to your students at the beginning of the course and bring them up often throughout the semester. View the Canvas Announcements Overview video for more.
- Establish a consistent class schedule with predictable meeting times, breaks, and due dates. Use the calendar in Canvas to create a schedule.
- Provide guided notes for videos or lectures. This provides students with an outline to follow while they are listening.
- Maintain open and regular communication with your students by sending out regular announcements, updates, and reminders.
- Provide clear grading rubrics and guidelines for assignments and assessments. Offer prompt feedback that shares strengths and areas for improvement.