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Seven Principles at WPI: Technology as a Lever Principle One: Good Practice Encourages Contacts Between Students and Faculty

September 5, 2006

In 1987, Chickering and Gamson first published their “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.” In 1996, Chickering and Erhmann published a follow-up to this original essay taking into consideration the new and innovative technologies available at that time that would enable the implementation of these principles in the classroom entitled “Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as a Lever.”  

During the next seven newsletters, we will explore ways faculty at WPI can implement the Seven Principles into their undergraduate and graduate courses using many of the technologies and resources available at WPI. 

This month, we explore the first principle, “Good Practice Encourages Contacts Between Students and Faculty.” Chickering and Gamson wrote that "frequent student-faculty contact in and out of classes is the most important factor in student motivation and involvement” (1987). There are many synchronous and asynchronous communication tools available at WPI to increase the level of contact and connection between a student and a professor. These tools can also provide alternative ways for students with diverse learning styles to approach an instructor with a question or comment regarding the course.  

For ideas and tips for tools available to faculty at WPI that can be used to increase contact with students, consider the following:


Chickering, A.W. & Gamson, Z. F. (1987). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin, 39(7), 3-7.

Chickering, A.W. & Ehrmann, S.C. (1996). "Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever," AAHE Bulletin, 49(1-10), pp. 3-6.

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