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.)
Crews, Tena B., Kelly Wilkinson, and Jason K. Neill. “Principles for Good Practice In Undergraduate Education: Effective Online Course Design to Assist Students’ Success.” MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, vol. 11, no. 1 (March 2015): 87-103.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to apply the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education (Chickering & Gamson, 1991) to online course design to enhance students’ success in an online course. A survey was created to determine students’ perception of strategies and skills they perceived as important to complete an online course. The survey was created based on behavioral learning, cognitive learning, and social learning frameworks. The responses of the 179 students in this study in an undergraduate Computer Applications in Business course at a large southeastern university were categorized by the Seven Principles. Results of the survey showed the course design strategies and what students valued matched well with the Seven Principles Implications of the study provide evidence that good course design embeds the seven principles to ensure students are successful in the online learning environment.
Curt Bonk presents the final session at Engage 2013, presented by Cengage Learning with SXSWedu.Session Description: Everyone is talking about the need to motivate and engage learners. This is true in face-to-face classrooms and even more true in online environments. Many students are unhappy due to bland online content and unimaginative activities. Many others are bored since the course does not utilize current technologies. They love their iPads, iPhones, and other mobile technologies and want their instructors to utilize them. Some feel that their instructors have not addressed their preferred learning approaches. They want hands-on activities as well as time to explore the resources they find the Web. All they simply want is more variety, or more specifically, they want ‘TEC-VARIETY.’ Bonk’s new instructional design model for online learning TEC-VARIETY will break online instructors and students out of boring online learning. This session will outline dozens of active learning ideas and solutions that motivate and engage online learners in deeper learning experiences.Presenter Bio: Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning,Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored several widely used technology books, including The World is Open, Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, and Electronic Collaborators
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.
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Engaging students in online learning is critical for success. In this episode, we speak with teachers and students about strategies for improving engagement and motivation in online learning environments. Effective facilitation, creating learning communities, strategies for motivating students, and encouraging and sustaining participation are discussed.