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Best Practices for College Teachers

An article titled The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education was published in 1987, and has been widely used to guide best practice choices for college instruction. The text is posted at many places on the web, including:

The seven principles are:

  1. Encourages Student-Faculty Contact
  2. Encourages Cooperation Among Students
  3. Encourages Active Learning
  4. Gives Prompt Feedback
  5. Emphasizes Time on Task
  6. Communicates High Expectations
  7. Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning

The full text, which provides an expansion of each idea, is worth a close look. Source: Chickering, A.W, and Gamson, Z.F. Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. AAHE Bulletin, 1987, 39(7), 3-7.

An eighth principle?  TLT, a consulting group in Maryland, offered a challenge in Summer 2007 by way of a web seminar which asked participants What would be your 8th principle? See the contributions.

For more information, see Implementing the Seven Principles Using Technology as Lever.

See the abstract of an article about how the seven principles were applied in developing an online literacy course.  Or, read the full article here.  Section IX will help anyone doing an online course.