Introduction

As an instructor, you are required to post a Welcome Announcement to provide important information to your students during your preterm setup. We also encourage you to post announcements frequently throughout the term. Not only do announcements keep your students informed, but they are a key way for you to maintain your instructor presence.

Note: Be sure to remind students to update their notifications in Canvas, so they get your announcement in their email as well.

Introducing the Module

  • Reword (or use paraphrase) the information provided in the assignment requirements.
  • Add your thoughts/expertise regarding the content of the module.
  • Share a relevant example to connect the module content to the real world.
  • Share a personal experience that relates to the module content or concepts.

Sharing Current Events

  • Reword (or use paraphrase) the information provided in the assignment requirements.
  • Add your thoughts/expertise regarding the content of the module.
  • Share a relevant example to connect the module content to the real world.
  • Share a personal experience that relates to the module content or concepts.

Summarizing the discussion

  • Consider posting an announcement that summarizes the previous module’s discussion.
  • Identify major arguments that were noted in the discussion forum.
  • Highlight a few student ideas or quotes from the discussions.

Using Multimedia

  • You can easily embed videos from Canvas Studio, YouTube, Khan Academy, and other resources.
  • We also strongly recommend that you record videos of yourself.  Students appreciate getting to hear from you via audio/video rather than reading text on a page.  Multimedia use increases your instructor presence and helps cultivate the instructor-student relationship.

Address FAQs

  • You are the content expert and know where students have trouble. Address historically frequently asked questions before the students ask them.
  • Share tips and tricks for completing assignments or share exemplars.  Let students know what is expected and what success looks like.

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