Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Seven Principles of Good Practice

Chickering and Gamson published an important monograph in 1985 putting forth seven principles of good practice in undergraduate 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.

As they point out, these practices promote:

  • activity,
  • expectations,
  • cooperation,
  • interaction,
  • diversity,
  • responsibility.

These are especially important in designing for digital delivery.

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