Sunday, February 26, 2017
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Just last week a student told me she thought about skipping class to work on another course's homework, but then she remembered getting the "Perfect Attendance" kudos from me the week before and wanted to keep the attendance streak going.
Our LMS lets me send messages to students who haven't completed a certain assignment, and the first week of the term I send messages to students who miss the due date on the first little quiz and again on the first written assignment (both due the first week of the term). Instead of a "you blew it; here's my late work policy, don't know you know you're going to fail if you don't do the work?" type message, I sent them a message that told them I'd noticed they didn't turn in the assignment, asked them if they had any questions, asked if they were having any technical difficulties, told them my office hours, and told them how much longer they had to turn it in under my late work policy. The idea is to make sure that they know there's a real person in charge of the class who will notice when they get behind, and also to make sure that anyone who hasn't taken an online class before and isn't sure how to get help knows how now.
Obviously, the messages I'm sending this week (this is the third week of the term now) to students who haven't meaningfully gotten started yet will be less positive.
Personally, I find wading through a large pile of messages taxing (and I teach 6 online math classes, so I always have plenty of messages waiting), so I'd prefer not to also have to wade through little kudos messages letting me know that I am caught up with my grading or successfully checked my email. I'm not always sure where to draw the line on meaningful positive messages so it doesn't become that for the students, since they're probably overwhelmed too. One or two messages recognizing meaningful accomplishments would be welcome, but that's much harder to flag and automate.