Friday, December 12, 2008


How often do you communicate with your students? Do you communicate differently with different students? Is your communication style different for face-to-face instruction and online instruction and blended instruction? Here are some general tips, for use in instruction. I believe these ideas could work regardless of the instructional context.
  • Communicate with your students often!
  • Send out a weekly reminder of what is expected, due dates and other relevant course information. This reminder may also serve as an organizer and planner for the student (and instructor) for the class academic requirements, readings, assignments for the week.
  • When you receive an assignment email the student and let them know it has been received. This may reduce some anxiety on the part of the student. It will also provide you with a list of who has NOT submitted their assignment.
  • Clearly communicate your policies on turn around ... for instance, emails will be responded to within 24 hours, unless it is the weekend or holiday, in which case emails will be responded to by the next school day.

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