The best practices below are based on Chickering and Gamson’s (1987) Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. For online courses, see how these are modified in the Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses developed by Graham, Caltilgay, Lim, Craner, & Duffy (2001).
Principle 1: Good Practice Encourages Student-Faculty Contact
Provide clear guidelines for interaction with students.
Principle 2: Good Practice Encourages Cooperation Among Students
Well-designed assignments facilitate meaningful cooperation among students.
Principle 3: Good Practice Encourages Active Learning
Students are actively engaged in experiences and projects that promote mastery.
Principle 4: Good Practice Gives Prompt Feedback
Instructors need to provide two types of feedback: information feedback and acknowledgment feedback.
Principle 5: Good Practice Emphasizes Time on Task
Effective learning requires incremental skills practice and clear deadlines.
Principle 6: Good Practice Communicates High Expectations
Challenging tasks, sample cases, and praise for quality work communicate high expectations.
Principle 7: Good Practice Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning
Allowing students to choose project topics incorporates diverse views and individually designed learning.
Sources: Graham, C., Cagiltay, K., Lim,B., Craner, J., & Duffy, T. (2001, March/April) Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses, The Technology Source Archives at the University of North Carolina. Retreived from [http://technologysource.org/article/ seven_principles_of_effective_teaching/]
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