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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8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online

This EDUCAUSE video provides 8 best practices (lessons learned) from from a couple of leaders in online education: Joanna Dunlap and Patrick Lowenthal.  Those lessons learned are:

  1. High-Touch is More Important than High-Tech
  2. Establish Social Presence Using Digital Storytelling
  3. Use Technology Intentionally
  4. The Power of External Resources
  5. Make Your Expectations Explicit
  6. Fun, Playfulness and the Unexpected
  7. Login Regularly
  8. Personal Feedback

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.

Karen Swan, Relationships Between Interactions and Learning In Online Environments

Swan, Relationships Between INteractsions and Learning In Online Environments

This document was originally published back in 2004 by the Sloan Consortium.  It covers the interaction of Social Presence, Cognitive Presence, and Teaching Presence.  It also has an excellent overview of the relevant literature and bibliography.

The PDF is available here: Swan, Relationships Between Interactions and Learning In Online Environments.