My inventory of good practice is based on Chickering and Gamson's 7 Principles because they outline what I came to appreciate as an online student that is encouragement and engagement. They emphasise good practice by the tutor because they act as an instructional strategy for creating an online course. However, the principles play down, or at least do not fully address the characteristics of the tutor. Palloff and Pratt's 6 excellent online tutor characteristics could be applied to ensure the tutor is able to effectively engage with the students. The principles would be generalisable across different roles and disciplines because they focus on good practices rather than the process of creating an activity relating to a specific subject. Each numbered text corresponds with the seven principles. As an IT trainer, an example of this would be teaching Google drive and documents,
- I would have lots of contact with my students particularly at the beginning which will help to manage student expectations..
- Students would work as team to create a document in Google doc a collaborative environment which will allow them to work synchronously.
- Exercises will be structured but flexible enough to allow student creativity and the discussion of wider issues.
- I would give feedback as soon as possible relating questions to what the student has discussed.
- The student would have a set time in which to complete tasks which is a good way to help them plan each task and would help prevent them from falling behind.
- Students will be expected to participate in all the activities.
There would be the opportunity for students to receive information and learn in different ways. For example, students could receive task details in video or text format depending on their preference for learning.