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Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Optimize Announcements to Help Online Students Navigate My Class?

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Password:  navigate721

Link to presentation:  mondaymorningmentors.com

Available from February 22 – February 27, 2021

The online classroom requires instructors to develop and implement a comprehensive communication strategy—something separate from content and grounded in pedagogy, with support of the student learner top of mind. The announcement feature is one tool that instructors can use for this purpose.

The announcement functionality in an online class can be more than just a greeting, or a way to wrangle a list of due dates. Students need to understand how to navigate not only the logistical aspect of your course, but also the content outcomes. By creating a roadmap—not only to your course but to a larger idea of academic and personal success—announcements in your online classes can support students in their day-to-day work while preparing them for a brighter and more fulfilling tomorrow.

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

Signal the announcement space as a dynamic and important element of the online classroom

Demonstrate complex critical thinking by varying announcement content

Exemplify consistent engagement through a cadence of announcement frequency

Illustrate the connections between course content and academic/career goals

Topics Covered

Just-in-time logistical broadcasts

Concentrated bursts of instructional content

An expanded understanding of underlying themes to enrich a sense of the educational journey