Are you having a hard time reaching all of your students through your usual communication channels or are you unsure of ways to re-engage students who haven’t been turning in work? In our blog post last week, we collected resources about how to get feedback from your students at mid-semester to figure out what’s working and what might need to shift. This week, we want to give you some strategies for engaging with your students when they may be difficult to reach mid-semester.
Here are our strategies for leveraging technology and tools to re-engage students:
- Use transparent and consistent messaging strategies. Letting students know how you’re going to contact them early in the semester can help set this expectation, but if what you decided to use isn’t working as expected, try reaching out to the whole class with a duplicate message either:
- via Canvas Announcements: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-an-announcement-in-a-course/ta-p/1194
- email your whole class via Outlook: https://uknowit.uwgb.edu/24808
- or send everyone in the class a message using the Canvas Inbox tool: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-send-a-message-to-all-course-users-in-the-Inbox-as-an/ta-p/600
- Use the “Message Students Who” tool built into the Canvas Gradebook. This feature allows you to just message students who haven’t submitted to an assignment or based on some other criteria. See how to do this here: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-send-a-message-to-students-from-the-Gradebook/ta-p/741
- Record short, just-in-time-videos to help direct students to the things they should focus on for the week and in the upcoming weeks. Here’s how you can create videos using Kaltura My Media: https://uknowit.uwgb.edu/89306
- Consider also creating a page or schedule where students can see with all due dates listed for the course if you don’t have one already.
- Add due dates to assignments, discussions, and quizzes so that students are reminded via the “student to–do list” on the course homepage.
- You can also create a to-do item when you create a new page within a module—this can remind students of things like readings or things for which there may not be a direct Canvas-related activity: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-a-page-to-the-student-To-Do-list-as-an-instructor/ta-p/824
- You can even create a calendar event that isn’t attached to a Canvas activity if you would like to remind your students of important tasks. Here’s how to create an event on a Canvas calendar: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-an-event-to-my-calendar-as-an-instructor/ta-p/1249
- If you use conferences or ask your students to meet with you during the semester use the Canvas Scheduler to create appointment groups: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-a-Scheduler-appointment-group-in-a-course-calendar/ta-p/1021
- You can give students these instructions for how to sign up: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Student-Guide/How-do-I-sign-up-for-a-Scheduler-appointment-in-the-Calendar/ta-p/536
- If you used Navigate to create progress reports for your students around week 5, you can still create “ad hoc alerts” to help your students, who may need some additional assistance, to connect with their advisors.
- Here’s a step-by-step resource about issuing alerts using Navigate: https://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/EAB-Navigate/files/Issuing-Alerts.pdf
- Here’s a YouTube video for the same feature in Navigate about issuing alerts: https://youtu.be/yPpj_WE-HjU
What other scalable tips and tricks you can share to reach students? Let us know either by commenting here or sharing in the Solidarity Café.