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Center for Teaching & Learning: Hybrid Teaching

Supporting the MCPHS faculty and staff in their commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning

What's Hybrid?

Applying Chickering's 7 Principles to Remote Learning

Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education

Chickering & Gamson's Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education offers a researched-based (50 years worth) set of guidelines that apply to both undergraduate and graduate learning. Developed based on a face-to-face modality, Chickering & Ehrmann examined these principles in their article, Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever, which isn't quite an online application. Applying Chickering’s 7 Principles to Remote Learning makes that leap.

  1. Good practice encourages student-instructor contact.
  2. Good practice encourages cooperation among students.
  3. Good practice encourages active learning.
  4. Good practice gives prompt feedback.
  5. Good practice emphasizes time on task.
  6. Good practice communicates high expectations.
  7. Good practice respects diverse talents and ways of learning.

What Do I Teach When?

Synchronous Class Time

(live class meetings via Zoom, Collaborate, Teams, etc.)

  • Sustaining group cohesion, collaboration, and support
  • Reflective, on-task discourse
  • Broader participation in discussions
  • Critical analysis
  • Self-paced learning and practice
  • Self-assessment quizzes with feedback
  • Automatic grading of multiple choice, T/F, fill-in-the-blank tests
  • Create a content outline, chunking content into modules.


(course content/interactions in Blackboard)

  • Establishing social presence and support
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Defining assignments
  • Negotiating expectations and responsibilities
  • Diagnosing students' conceptual problems and providing immediate feedback
  • Brainstorming
  • Role play
  • Student demonstration of psychomotor skills

Source: An Introduction to Hybrid Teaching

Structuring Your Hybrid Course

Structuring Your Hybrid Course

"Hybrid teaching is not just a matter of transferring a portion of your traditional course to the Web. Instead, it involves developing challenging and engaging online learning activities that complement your face-to-face activities. What types of learning activities do you think you will be using for the online portion of your course?" From An Introduction to Hybrid Teaching (download file below)

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