Last week, we discussed three techniques to use to “invite” your students to an online discussion – a means of increasing engagement, an essential variable in online student (and teacher) success.
This week, I’ll add another tip for increasing engagement, as reported on the Blackboard Blog (2016): Increase student engagement by posting weekly video announcements. Instructional designer Josh Murdock writes:
I have created weekly updates via webcam for my online educational technology courses for a few semesters now. Students have given great feedback on this type of video announcement. Students say they feel more connected, understand expectations better, and get a better sense of the assignments each week. (para 5).
Murdock goes on to share that he follows the same format for each video announcements:
- Discuss the previous week with any type of encouragement or reminders needed.
- Discuss upcoming week assignments with particular details on assignments, best practices, and questions you typically get from students on the various assignments.
- Highlight something new and refer students to my Tips and Tricks section for a weekly extra on a tool or information.
Have you used video announcements in any of your classes? What success have you had? What issues have you run into? Please leave a comment below!
Patricia N. Stevenson
Hi, I can’t answer any of your questions right now; however, enjoyed your recent article on Adjunct World related to tip for online teaching. I haven’t started teaching online yet, but I’m about to start my online & in office training @ a nearby community college. As an adult ESOL adjunct, I’ve taught FTF classes in community colleges for 5 yrs (1-3) most semesters, but most summers I can’t get an adult ESOL class (mostly the full time instructors). I started getting interested last yr, & I’ve read other online teaching articles in other teacher websites. I plan to read more on your blog & get back to you, but I wanted to mainly introduce myself. Patricia
Patricia N. Stevenson
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That’s great to hear, Patricia! Thanks for being an active member of our community, I hope you enjoy your training and learning more about teaching online!
Patricia N Stevenson
Hello again! I just read your article, and even though it’s short, it’s to the point and valuable to beginner online adjunct or full-time instructors. I’m enjoying your posts on Adjunt World. Thank you! Patricia
Thank you, Patricia!!