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Love Your Students: Engage via Announcements and Discussions

Taking an online course can be lonely! Follow these suggestions to ensure students know you’re invested in their learning journey.


Share passion

Are you working on something new or cool? Share your excitement with your students! Alternatively, if a student has gone on to accomplish great things, recognize his or her achievements.  Check out this discussion board post from Phil Ebiner:

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Drip updates

Did you come across a new article, blog post or tool related to the course topic? Share it via an educational announcement. Here’s an example from Vanessa Van Edwards:

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Check in

Student should feel your presence in the course. Achieve this by periodically posting on the discussion board offering to answer questions or requesting feedback on potential course improvements.


Keep in mind that educational announcements and discussion board posts should link only to free resources that don’t require an email opt in. Further recommendations and best practices for using course announcements can be found here.


Now it’s your turn! Follow these steps to start talking with your students:

  • Go to the discussion board for one of your courses.
  • Start a new discussion thread that
    1. Encourages students to ask questions (“If you have any questions about the course, post them here!”)
    2. Asks for feedback (“How are you liking the course? If there’s anything you think is missing, or anything that’s not clear, please let me know. I want to make sure you’re getting the information you need!”)
  • Follow up – wait a day then check the thread to see what responses you received. Be sure to address them so students know you’re listening.


One thought on “Love Your Students: Engage via Announcements and Discussions”

  1. Hans Jeschke says:

    Thank you for the advice! I created a discussion for each of my courses.

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