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!