Beyond Email: Harnessing Multimedia Tools to Effectively Communicate with Students
Recorded: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 8:40 am HST
Duration: 40 minutes
Forging a connection between instructors and students presents continued challenges in all course modalities. When Wooten-Blanks (2012) used PowerPoint to share her story including her struggles as a student, grades in her courses went up by about 20%. She said “I realized that my story had impacted the students” (par.2). Sull (2012) stated “Today’s technology allows us to get closer to our students—and lets our personalities really shine through” (par. 9). This presentation examines several simple multi-media tools that educators can use to create engaging bios, announcements, and emails that add to rather than detract from the course content and outcomes. Presenters will demonstrate creating a multi¬-media engagement tool, starting with deciding which tool to use and addressing accessibility and privacy issues.
Finally, participants will receive a link to a WebMix featuring all the tools mentioned in the session and examples showing how they were used in the classroom.
Sull, E.C. (2012, March 8). Personality matters when teaching online. Faculty Focus. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/personality-matters-when-teaching-online/
Wootten-Blanks, L. (2012, March 7). Building rapport with students by sharing a piece of yourself. Faculty Focus, Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/building-rapport-with-students-by-sharing-a-piece-of-yourself/
Teresa is a Professor of Composition and the Chief Virtual Difference Maker at Kaplan University.
Composition Instructor, Kaplan University
Kaplan University, Online
Erica Ellsworth has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Women’s Studies from New Mexico…more