7 Principles

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Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson published “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” in 1987 summarizing decades of research on good teaching and learning practices. Recently, Penn State developed a guide to review online courses based on the Seven Principles research and the University of Pittsburg made their modification for their own use. While the guide is meant to show samples on how to meet each principle, its intention is not to prescribe unilateral teaching strategies in online courses. Consider using it to get ideas on different methods that strive on the good practices in education:

  1. Encourages contact between students and faculty
  2. Develops reciprocity and 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

University of Pittsburg’s version of Reviewing Online Teaching Guide is available in both MS Word and Adobe Acrobat versions.

The Peer Review Guide for Online Teaching at Penn State is available on their web site located here in MS Word and Adobe Acrobat.

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