Email Is So Old School


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If students today think email is old-school, how do we communicate with them? What should we have in our syllabi about communication methods? Social Networking has hit the mainstream and technologies such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and You Tube are at the forefront of this revolution. Join us as we explore ways to use these tools to enhance the educational experience.

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  • 78% of students surveyed did not want communication via email!
  • Real life examples of how younger people communicateDevon Has multiple email accountsRarely check email Most of his friends don’t have his phone numbersDoesn’t answer cell phone but will text someTalks daily with friends via internet forum
  • I emailed student about technical issue and heard nothingI left a message on his cell phone – no responseI sent another message and copied instructorInstructor used class email to get hold of studentStudent confessed he rarely checked the email he had given me
  • It is a social networking site that was started in February 4, 2004. It helps people connect or reconnect. Some other social networking sites are LinkedIn and Ning. LinkedIn is used for professional contacts and Ning is an educational social network.
  • AdvantagesValid email addressStudents already using itDispersing information to other studentsStarting discussion forums(Cyprien Lomas, Director of the Learning Centre in Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia found that students will take pieces of information and then repeat it back to their own constituent groups…students [are] mentoring and advising other students on affairs that matter to them and also matter to us.”)(Cyprien also discovered that some students are using the site to facilitate online discussion groups. Even though students have access to WebCT Vista, and can use its discussion forum to interact with other students, some are choosing to use Facebook because it is their preferred place to communicate online. Cyprien notes that “whether or not we like it…we may see more and more examples of this.”)DisadvantagesPrivacy (Digital Tatoo)Will students us it for educational purpose?Go outside LMS
  • Fliggo.comiTunes UniversityYou Tube EDU – advantage some schools block youtube. Very new and have to apply as an institution. Can access videos that have been posted.Check the Terms of Service, length of videos allowed, any other limitations and how quickly videos are viewable after uploading.
  • Set up a group or groups for the class. The instructor can upload videos they make, encourage students to make and upload videos, or provide links for videos that relate to class material.
  • Email Is So Old School

    1. 1. Email Is So Old School!<br />WCET, October 2009<br />
    2. 2. Presenters<br />Donna HallInstructional Design Team<br />Debra Warren Instructional DesignerCCCOnline<br />2<br />
    3. 3. Ways to Communicate<br />3<br />Blogs <br />Chat rooms <br />Email <br />Facebook<br />Google docs<br />Hand signals/gestures <br />IMs <br />Listservs<br />Newsletters <br />Pen and paper <br />Person-to-person<br />Podcasts <br />Radio <br />Seminars <br />Skype<br />Smoke signals<br />Social Networks <br />Telephone <br />Television <br />Text messages <br />Twitter <br />Web sites <br />Wikis<br />YouTube <br />
    4. 4. How do you communicate with students?<br />4<br />
    5. 5. How do colleges communicate with students?<br />5<br />
    6. 6. 6<br />
    7. 7. Is e-mail the best way to communicate with your students?<br />
    8. 8. Email is for Old People<br />8<br />According to teens, it’s [email] for talking to old people and for use by old people <br />Lenhart, A. (2007) Email is for old people. APA 2007 Annual Convention <br />
    9. 9. Grand Rapids Community College Survey<br />Asked students about preferred electronic communication for: <br /><ul><li>Timely school closings
    10. 10. Emergencies
    11. 11. Course related information from instructor</li></ul>9<br />
    12. 12. Grand Rapids Community College Survey (con’t)<br />10<br />Mobile Text Messages 1361 53.12%<br />Email 564 22.01%<br />Web Site Popup 424 16.55%<br />RSS Feed 15 0.59%<br />None of the Above 198 7.73%<br />78% of students surveyed did not want communication via email!<br />Source:<br />
    13. 13. eROI Study<br />11<br />74% of students surveyed did not want communication via email!<br />Source:<br />
    14. 14. Pew Survey<br />12<br />Email continues to lose its luster among teens as texting, instant messaging, and social networking sites facilitate more frequent contact with friends.<br />Source:<br />
    15. 15. How Do They Communicate?<br />13<br />
    16. 16. 14<br />My Experience with a Student<br />Email<br />Message<br />One week later<br />
    17. 17. What Does Your Syllabus Say?<br />What You Can Expect of Me<br />Quick response to your email inquiries …<br />Communications About Difficulties/Absences:<br />It is your responsibility to contact me in a timely manner if you become ill …<br />15<br />
    18. 18. MicroBlogging<br />16<br />
    19. 19. Using MicroBlogs<br />17<br /><ul><li>Backchannel during live courses
    20. 20. Encourage conciseness
    21. 21. Notification
    22. 22. Directed tasks: share a link, etc
    23. 23. “Time Tweet”</li></li></ul><li>Social Networking Sites<br />18<br />Ning<br />
    24. 24. Using Social Networks<br />19<br />Get information to students<br />Start discussion forums<br />Post helpful websites<br />Easy way to post videos, pictures<br />Advertise your course<br />Homework help<br />
    25. 25. Video Sharing Sites<br />20<br />iTunes U<br />
    26. 26. Using Video Sharing<br />21<br />Groups<br />Upload videos for class<br />Students to upload videos<br />Post links to videos <br />Scavenger hunts for helpful videos<br />
    27. 27. Questions or Comments?<br />22<br />