Consider the "8th
This is really a "thought experiment."
The Seven Principles were built on a solid base of
research and practice.
We do not propose to extend those Principles formally in this
However, we encourage thought and discussion about
what might usefully be added.
If anyone accumulates a
variety of these "8th Principles" as a result,
the compilation could offer a valuable perspective.
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about and discuss
Which of the Seven Principles is most important to
Add an 8th Principle? Which one?
What, if anything, do we need to add to make the Seven
Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education:
More applicable to the conditions and situations most
relevant for your institution?
More helpful to you and your colleagues?
More applicable to your own experience and values?
Table - 7 Principles, Challenges, Solutions, 8th Principle
Examples of "8th Principles"
have already been suggested by some participant in an 8th
In what ways is “caring” already part of the Seven
Should "caring" be more explicitly and prominently
Consider faculty caring about students; faculty
caring about ideas and knowledge; faculty caring about
their colleagues; as well as students caring about
faculty; students caring about ideas and knowledge;
students caring about each other…. Academic support professionals caring
enough, but not too much about helping faculty improve their teaching
and their students’ learning!
Learning by Teaching
Almost everyone who has ever taught another person
anything - formally or informally - eventually notices
that doing so is one of the most powerful, effective
ways to learn. Almost anyone who prepares
for and then engages in teaching other(s) learns more
than the students, learns more than he/she had
previously learned about that topic. So, it is
surprising how few discussions of pedagogy include
"learning by teaching" as an effective strategy option.
Shouldn't it be? What are some tactics for increasing
options for "Learning by Teaching" in traditional
courses? In very large enrollment courses?
When using various combinations of face-to-face and
online communications? Do some of the 7 Principles
reflect or support "Learning by Teaching" better than
others? Or is "Learning by Teaching" in a
completely different category from the 7 Ps?
In what ways is acknowledgement of this kind of
diversity already part of the Seven Principles?
Should it be more explicitly and prominently included?
Can or should all teachers, all faculty members apply
each of the 7 Principles equally?
Even when teaching the similar courses to similar groups
of students, can or should teachers apply the 7
Principles in the same ways?
Are there ways of being a good teacher that seem to be
overlooked by the 7 Principles?
Reflective Thinking about
In what ways is “reflective thinking about learning”
already part of the Seven Principles?
Should "reflective thinking about learning" be more
explicitly and prominently included?
then at Arizona State University: "...e-learning
provides a special, if not unique, opportunity for
students to reflect on what they have learned and how
they learned it. The asynchronous nature of e-courses
provides this special opportunity and, coincidentally, I
do not see provision for reflective thinking displayed
in the original Seven Principles." e-mail message to
Steve Gilbert et al. 4/5/2007
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Being Elevated by the Seven Principles?
Can anyone take the Seven Principles seriously WITHOUT being
led toward larger issues? How do any of these Seven
Principles connect to other, larger issues?
How were the Seven Principles (developed in the 1980s/1990s) shaped by their historical context? How have conditions
changed so that the Seven Principles need to be revised?
How do they still apply?
Research Supporting Seven Principles?
What kinds of research supported the identification of these
seven principles? Is there any one place to go to see the
citations of the research behind each of the seven
Challenge: Awareness, Use?
Why do so few people in higher education seem to have heard
of these Seven Principles? To what extent were these
principles accepted? Embraced? Implemented? Is their work
done? Is there anything that has superseded the Seven
Connecting Seven Principles with…?
To what extent are the Seven Principles useful not only in
your work with courses in higher education, but also within
other activities on campus? Off campus? In what ways do
the Seven Principles relate to Service Learning?
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