Getting Started includes a Form, "Class Introductions". It is important that online students are provided an opportunity to "meet" their peers at the beginning of a new class. You can also quickly respond to your students, welcoming them to your class. Typically this is ungraded, but required.
Hint: You may direct your students to include any additional information you want, such as major, progress in the program, career interests, relative experience, etc.
Class Introductions is included in the template. If you wish, edit the forum description to direct your students about any particular information you want them to include.
Two more Forums are also included: "Ask the Professor" and "Student Lounge".
"Ask the Professor" can be though of as students raising their hand in a face-to-face classroom. Their question and your response will be available to the whole class.
The "Student Lounge" would be a space for your students to have a conversation about class, but not a space where you would have check in every day. It is available for you to see, but the idea is for students to ask/answer/discuss on their own.
The Engage Support tab includes a list of Faculty Resources including information about forums.
Click here for the direct link to "Creating a Forum Post" that will be a PUBLIC reply.
Click here for the direct link to "Reply to Posts via Email" if you need to have a direct conversation with a student.
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