Dear Dr. Larry is a regular column in the LTU newsletter. Faculty and students can submit questions to Dr. Larry via this link. Dr. Larry will answer each week with leading-edge, witty, insightful responses.
Dear Dr. Larry,
Well, it’s a new semester here at LTU! I’m so happy to see these excited students in my classes. They are so eager and anxious to do well. While things are off to a great start, I am finding one thing difficult . . . I’m trying to find the best way to get information out to my students in a timely manner. I post to Blackboard, but not everyone checks it every day. I email, but not everyone checks their LTU email address. So I end up with half my students getting the information and the other half missing it. Any suggestions for the best way to get information to my students?
— Trying to Spread the Word
Dear Spread the Word,
What a great question! We all stuggle with the best way to push timely information out to students. I, too, use Blackboard announcements and email but run into the same issues you mentioned. I once overheard two students talking about how one of their professors was making a last minute change to class and wanted them to bring a plastic bottle with them for an experiment. I asked how they knew that. The students said, “he just tweeted it.” They got the “tweet” immediately on their phone. Super fast; super easy.
This eLearning newsletter edition contains articles on using social media tools to communicate with this “always connected” generation of students. Using these tools will not only get your messages out faster and consistently, but it will make you look cool — #bestLTUprofever!
Check out the articles in this edition, and, as always, you can call those nice people over in eLearning for more help. They will have you Tweeting in no time!