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Perceived agreement between student and instructor on the use of the seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education in online courses
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, East Carolina University, United States

East Carolina University . Awarded

Abstract

This study examined student and instructor agreement on the perceived use of Chickering and Gamson's seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education in selected online undergraduate education courses. Twenty-eight students and five instructors in a college of education at a university located in southeastern United States comprised the respondents for the study. The students were enrolled in online courses and the instructors taught in one of the five online education courses taught during the fall 2004 semester.

The Online Teaching Practices (OTP) survey was used to identify the extent to which instructors incorporated the seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education into their online courses. Taylor used Chickering and Gamson's seven principles as a guide for developing the OTP. The survey was modified with permission for this study. Taylor stated the instrument was valid and reliable. While modifications were made to the original instrument, these changes did not invalidate Taylor's certification of validity and reliability. The participants in the selected education courses were asked to complete the survey electronically at the end of the fall 2004 semester.

The findings were based on data from thirty-three useable surveys completed by twenty-eight students and five instructors. An analysis of the data indicated that students and instructors perceive Chickering and Gamson's seven principles are evident in selected online courses and the students and instructors agree on this perception of use. Higher education administrators should consider providing instructors with training on online instruction that includes these principles. Institutions and instructors must be attentive to the issues related to online course instruction. Additional studies related to online course instruction are warranted and would greatly add to the literature available.

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Batts, D.L. Perceived agreement between student and instructor on the use of the seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education in online courses. Ph.D. thesis, East Carolina University. Retrieved March 19, 2019 from .

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