Some Applications for Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Priciples In the Online Classroom


In 1987, Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson published their classic work entitled “Seven principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.”  A. W. Bangert opined in a 2004 article that “The Seven Principles framework (Chickering and Gamson) offers solid, research guidance for the design and delivery of Internet courses.”

Principle 01: Encourages contacts between students and faculty.

  • Email response policy sets expectations for both student and instructor
  • Electronic office hours
  • Use a variety of communication tools in course (announcements, email, discussion, etc.)
  • Synchronous communication (chat, text, Skype, etc.)
  • Pictures or avatars for faculty and students

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Special Report: Online Student Engagement Tools and Strategies

Faculty Focus Special Report Onlline Student Engagement Tools and Strategies

Faculty Focus has just released a Special Report on the topic of Online Student Engagement Tools and Strategies, which feature content from the Online Classroom newsletter.  The report contains 11 articles on topics ranging from teaching presence to course organization to synchronous communication.

A pdf file of the report is available here.