Seven Principles Of Online Teaching By Sarah Gianetti

1. Encourage interaction between you and your students.

Frequent student-faculty contact in and out of class is a most important factor in student motivation and involvement. Faculty concern helps students get through rough times and keep on working. It also enhances students' intellectual commitment and encourages them to think about their own values and plans.

2. Encourage interaction and collaboration between students.

Learning is enhanced when it is more like a team effort than a solo race. Good learning, like good work, is collaborative and social, not competitive and isolated. Working with others often increases involvement in learning. Sharing one's ideas and responding to others improves thinking and deepens understanding.

3. Incorporate active learning techniques.

Learning is not a spectator sport. Students must talk about what they are learning, write reflectively about it, relate it to past experiences, and apply it to their daily lives. This active process will make what they learn part of the students themselves.

4. Provide Prompt Feedback

Knowing what you know and don't know focuses your learning. As they begin, students need help in assessing their existing knowledge and competence. Students need frequent opportunities to perform and to receive feedback on their performance. They need chances to reflect on what they know and what they still need to learn. Feedback should be provided promptly, so students can adapt/improve before the next assignment, discussion, or assessment.

5. Emphasize Time on Task

Time plus energy equals learning. Using time well is critical for students and professionals alike. Allocating realistic amounts of time means effective teaching for faculty and efficient learning for students

6. Communicate High Expectations

Expect more and you will get it. High expectations are important for everyone: the poorly prepared; those unwilling to exert themselves; and the bright and well-motivated. Expecting students to perform well becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

7. Respect Diversity and Individual Talents, Experience, and Learning Styles

Many roads lead to learning. Different students bring different talents and styles to college. Brilliant students in a seminar might be all thumbs in a lab or studio; students rich in hands-on experience may not do so well with theory. Students need opportunities to show their talents and learn in ways that work for them. Then they can be pushed to learn in new ways that do not come easily.

Time on task means that the more time you spend on an activity or a project means you will remember and learn that task better. This project relates to time on task because we had to find images relating to each principle and spend time creating this presentation. Since we have spent a lot of time working with these principles we should be able to remember and understand them better.

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Distance and Distributed Education Center. Seven Principles of Good Teaching Practice. The State University of West Georgia Distance and Distributed Education Center. March 18, 2005 < (Links to an external site.)>


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