List of the 6 best practices

The 6 Best Practices of Online Learning – Minds Online / Michelle Miller

There is a high degree of overlap in online and face to face best practices. In the following presentation, I use the Six best practice for learning as outlined by Michelle Miller in the book, “Minds Online.” She draws from the following best practice lists to create a comprehensive 6 best practices that could be applied to online or face to face classes:

Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved from

American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC). (2016) Five best practices. Retrieved from

Boettcher, J. V. (2006). Ten best practices for teaching online: quick guide for new online faculty. Retrieved from

Chickering, A. W., & Gamson, Z. F. (1987). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE bulletin, 3, 7. Retrieved from

The 6 Best Practices for Learning are:

  1. Peer to Peer Interaction
  2. Active Student Engagement in Learning
  3. Emphasis on Practice and Student Effort
  4. Personalization to the Individual Student
  5. Variety
  6. Emphasis on Higher Thought Processes

You can download a PDF copy of the powerpoint used in the presentation here: The 6 Best Practices of Online Learning – Jason Johnston. Please drop me a line if you have any questions or comments!