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Increasing My Presence
Hi there! Those of you who know me realize how much I like tweaking my course and trying new things out. In this blog, I thought I’d share the top four things I do to create more instructor presence that is not tied to leaving feedback on assignments/discussions or responding to email.
I post at least three announcements per week. I avoid posting more than five though. Five would be a rare occasion. I don’t want to overload the students with too many announcements, so I try to be judicious and space them out a bit. :) I do add some icons for a bit of personalization.
I’ve scattered pictures of myself throughout the course. I try to use a variety of pictures in different places like my Questions? widget on Course Home or in the module descriptions.
Quiz Submission Views
I use submission views for my Quiz activities. I provide a submission view if a student got and A to congratulate them or to encourage them to try again. In those views, I had begun using emoticons for fun visual interest.
I played around one day with a new app that made an emoji of me based off a selfie. I probably spent too much time with it to be honest, but a few of the animated GIFs that were generated gave me an idea! Oh yes, you know where I am going and not because the picture is below. I replaced my emoticons with an animated emoji of me.
I have an activity that is required but not graded. Students must complete one attempt on my Worksheets before they can access the Challenge Questions. The worksheets provide students with an opportunity to practice the math and graphing that are required on the Challenge Question assignments. I release a detailed answer key if they can get a 60% or better on the practice exercise. (Yes, I do make them work a little for it.)
Intelligent Agents lets me set up an automatic email that will be sent if a student doesn’t get a 60% on the worksheets. This runs every night and I have it set up to only send the first time it is triggered by a student on a particular worksheet.
I’d add a banner or an emoji to this as well, but Brightspace doesn’t embed the image inline with the text. Rather, it’s sent as an attachment. :(
What can you think up?
What might you do in your own class? The sky’s the limit! Well, Brightspace does have it’s own limitations, so maybe not the sky. But there is a lot of room to get creative! :)