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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“Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Grading Rubric for Online Discussions”


In the appendix, this article has copies of the original rubric and the revised rubric used for online discussions.  Each of them have the following 4 criteria:

  • Quantity
  • Quality
  • Timeliness
  • Communication Proficiency

The descriptions for the various levels of proficiency for each of the criterion are quite good.

Ann M. Sloan and Nikolaos.  “Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Grading Rubric for Online Discussions.”  MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, volume 7, number 4 (December 2011).

The full article is available here.