Seven Principles of Good Teaching Practice

The principles of good teaching practices for online or technology mediated instruction should be your guide in designing and teaching your online course.

Principle 1: Good Practice Encourages Student-Faculty Contact
Lesson for online instruction: Instructors should provide clear guidelines for interaction with students.

Principle 2: Good Practice Encourages Cooperation Among Students
Lesson for online instruction: Well-designed discussion assignments facilitate meaningful cooperation among students.

Principle 3: Good Practice Encourages Active Learning
Lesson for online instruction: Students should present course projects.

Principle 4: Good Practice Gives Prompt Feedback
Lesson for online instruction: Instructors need to provide two types of feedback: information feedback and acknowledgment feedback.

Principle 5: Good Practice Emphasizes Time on Task
Lesson for online instruction: Online courses need deadlines.

Principle 6: Good Practice Communicates High Expectations
Lesson for online instruction: Challenging tasks, sample cases, and praise for quality work communicate high expectations.

Principle 7: Good Practice Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning
Lesson for online instruction: Allowing students to choose project topics incorporates diverse views into online courses.

Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses
by Charles Graham, Kursat Cagiltay, Byung-Ro Lim, Joni Craner and Thomas M. Duffy

Learn More:

Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever
by Arhur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann
(from the October 1996 AAHE Bulletin)

Guidelines for Good Practice: Technology Mediated Instruction
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
(fall 1997)

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