TILT-A-Course LuauThe TILT-A-Course Luau is an intensive three-day workshop based on the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework and Harper’s overall commitment to course quality. The Luau is an opportunity for faculty to focus on redesigning a specific, currently running course either on an individual basis, or as a departmental team. Each day will include sessions based on TILT principles as well as customized topics designed to meet the needs of the participants; each micro-TILT presentation will be followed by ample work time with Academy staff support as individuals and groups apply the principles in ways that are most meaningful in their courses.

By the end of the Luau, participants will have redesigned the basic structure of a course, or part of a course, using the TILT framework. But more importantly, everyone will have a chance to exchange ideas with a diverse group of colleagues from across the college and gather new ideas from their peers. All participants will leave with refined components of their class and a plan to continue making their courses more inclusive using the TILT framework.

Purpose: The purpose of participating in the TILT-A-Course Luau will be to apply the TILT educational model to a course in order to give students a transparent view of how their learning experiences are structured and why faculty have designed them that way. “TILTing” a course will improve teaching and learning experiences by promoting students’ conscious understanding of how they learn for more equitable outcomes.

Task: Luau participants will attend a series of micro-sessions that showcase how to apply the TILT educational model to a course. Everyone will have a chance, and ample time, to exchange ideas with a diverse group of colleagues from across the college and gather new ideas from their peers. Then, with guidance and support from the Academy for Teaching Excellence’s entire instructional design team, Luau participants will TILT their course!

Criteria for Success: By the end of the Luau, participants will have redesigned the basic structure of a course, or part of a course, using the TILT framework. All participants will leave with refined components of their class and a plan to continue making their courses more inclusive using the TILT framework.

TILT-A-Course Luau Workshop Details:

  • Dates: Wednesday, May 27 – Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F317
  • Facilitator: Academy for Teaching Excellence
  • CEUs: 3.0

To participate, fill out an application. Application deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020.

(Note: the Luau may be converted to a virtual event; stay tuned!)

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174, academy@harpercollege.edu.


The Academy hosted a webinar in January 2020 with the lead Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) researcher, Dr. Mary Ann Winkelmes. In this webinar, Dr. Winkelmes reviewed the findings as well as educational research behind the concept of transparent teaching/learning and shared the research and overview of the concepts behind TILT. Watch the webinar to learn more about the TILT framework.