Prevent Student Drops

Many students drop their fully online classes because they weren't prepared or they feel isolated.

Online Student Self-Assessment

Encourage your students to use the Online Learning Self-assessment questionnaire BEFORE they register for your fully online class. This questionnaire will give your students an idea whether or not they have the personality traits, learning aptitude, technical knowledge, hardware and software, and study skills for online learning.

Online Learning

The Introduction to Online Learning video (10:46 mins) offers an overview as to how online learning works, how courses are set up, what tools are generally used, what is expected of you, how interaction takes place, and how to succeed online.

Online Canvas Student Orientation

Encourage your students to step through an online Canvas student orientation.

On-campus Student Canvas Orientation

Encourage your students to attend an on-campus student orientation to Canvas session which are scheduled during the first week of each quarter.

Welcome Message for Students

Be sure to send a Welcome Message to your enrolled students sometime during the week before the start of the upcoming quarter.

Use the 'Student Welcome Message' template to craft a message for your students. The template has:

  • Links to Canvas online and in-person orientations
  • Describes how to log in to Canvas
  • Links on how to troubleshoot Canvas/Etudes issues
  • How to get tech support by submitting a helpdesk ticket
  • Be sure to tell your students what they need to do in order to avoid being dropped for non-attendance (e.g., post to the Discussion Forum at least once).

If you want to send a Welcome message to your enrolled students BEFORE the quarter starts and before you have published your Canvas course, you need to use your class list in MyPortal instead of Announcements in Canvas. This is because you cannot send Announcements to students until you have "published" your Canvas course site. But you should NOT "publish" your live Canvas course site until you are really ready because you cannot "unpublish" it.

When sending the message to your students from MyPortal, please be careful to ONLY include enrolled students and not waitlisted students in your mailing list.

Individual Contact

Research indicates that online students are more likely to complete courses when they have experienced individual contact with their instructors, even if it is only once during the session. This can be done via telephone, Skype, or in-person.
Last Updated May 11, 2017
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