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Graduate Teaching Toolkit: Unlocking the Hidden Curriculum

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Great Hall Meeting Room 1 - Ohio Union (1st floor)

Cost: Free

Admission: - RSVP Required

Wondering how to best communicate to students why a course contains specific content? Not sure how to convey the relevance of course goals to lessons and assignments? This session offers an introduction to TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) as a framework to address these concerns, providing participants with the strategies necessary to foster a culture of transparency in the classroom and demystify the hidden curriculum.

Many graduate students will confront the challenges associated with course design: either as a graduate student instructor, while preparing materials for the academic job market, or in their early career post-graduation. This semester, in Graduate Teaching Toolkit, the Drake Institute’s workshop series for graduate instructors, we’ll explore each step of the course design process. Toolkit workshops are designed to support participants’ professional development, engage them in reflecting on, discussing, and sharing their teaching practices, and build community between graduate instructors on campus who are passionate about improving their teaching. All graduate students, regardless of teaching experience, are welcome to attend.

As a result of attending this GTA Toolkit, participants will: 

  • Identify the benefits of fostering a culture of transparency in the classroom

  • Apply the TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) framework for assignment design

  • Develop strategies for addressing the “hidden curriculum”

  • Understand best practices for promoting transparency around course goals and design




If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact The Drake Institute at or 000-000-0000. Requests made one week in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

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