Course instructors have the opportunity to communicate with their students through the NovoEd platform through both announcements (displayed on the course homepage) and emails (send to their personal inbox, depending on the learner’s email settings). Course communication provides an excellent opportunity to update, remind, and excite learners about the course. In particular, the email ability allows the teaching team to reach out to the students even when they are not visiting the course itself. When putting together a course communication, think through your main objective. What will learners do after reading the communication? How can you make the communication more enticing to read?
During-course communication plan
- Welcome Email
- Welcome Students at Start of Course
- Course Update (Usually Weekly)
- Plan for week
- Action items
- Reminder Email
- Don't forget an upcoming assignment!
- Action items
- Random Excitement
- Highlight submissions
- Other excitement
- Current Events/Trending Topic
- Link to article/other resource
- Encourage as forum discussion topic
- Midpoint Check-In
- Provide a reiteration of course objectives
- Ask reflection prompting questions about if the objectives have been accomplished
Did You Check?
- That there is consistent communication with effective timing?
- That the email is visually appealing to encourage more readership?
- That the message promotes inquiry by providing links?