Faculty Focus: Applying the Seven Principles of Good Practice to the Online Classroom

Oliver Dreon, has a post over at Faculty Focus about the application of Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education introduced by Chickering and Gamson back in 1987.  (See my “Classic Works” post over at TIPS for Faculty for an overview and a copy of that work.)  Chickering and Gamson published their first piece on this subject 25 years ago.  Although designed to introduce best practices for face-to-face instruction, Dreon believes the principles “translate well to the online classroom and can help to provide guidance for those of us designing courses to be taught online.”

The Seven Principles are:

  1. Encourages contact between students and faculty.
  2. Develops reciprocity and cooperation among students.
  3. Uses active learning techniques.
  4. Gives prompt feedback.
  5. Emphasizes time on task.
  6. Communicates high expectations.
  7. Respects diverse talents and ways of learning.

Dr. Dreon’s full post is available here.

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