Here you will find many suggestions, guidelines and best practices for instructors.
Principles for Good Practice
In 1987, the AAHE published Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education by Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson. These guidelines are based on 50 years of research and are still valid today.
- 7 Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education
Chickering, A., & Gamson, Z. (1987). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AHE Bulletin, 39(7), 3-7
- The 7 Principles in Online Learning – Are they still valuable?
This article provides a look at the seven principles of good practice. Are they still valid, and how can they be implemented in today’s classes?
Active learning is a practice that engages students, models real-life scenarios and encourages critical thinking. Active learning includes a wide variety of activities. The only thing not included is traditional lecture.
- Boundary Crossings: Cooperative Learning, Collaborative Learning, and Problem-Based Learning: a look at three approaches to active learning.
Davidson, N., & Major, C. H. (2014). Boundary crossings: Cooperative learning, collaborative learning, and problem-based learning. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 25(3&4), 7-55
- Active Learning for the College Classroom: This article looks at several techniques of active learning that can be applied to college classes.
Connecting With Students
Good practice involves building strong connections between students and the instructor. Students should be encouraged to form a community of learners, sharing experiences, insights and opinions. Instructors should connect with students to help support, encourage and guide their learning experiences.
- Building Rapport with Your Students: This article provides a brief look at how a connection to instructors benefits students and factors that influence that connection.
- Establishing Rapport: Students benefit from a connection to their instructors. This idea paper discusses the importance of building a rapport with your students.
- Making Sense of Student’s Complaints, Criticisms, and Protests: When communication is lacking, student feedback often comes in the form of dissent, complaints and criticism. This article discusses some of the ways to understand and address these issues.