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Communicate with Students

  • It is critical that faculty members establish clear expectations about how they will communicate with their students in the syllabus
  • As soon as possible, inform your students about any changes in instruction, what those changes may be, and how you plan to manage those changes to optimize their learning path
  • Canvas provides several good ways to communicate with students:
    • Announcements are a great way to post information to the entire class
    • Canvas Inbox is a great way to message individual students or groups of students in an e-mail-like format
    • Chat is a tool in Canvas used for real-time text-based communication
  • Remind students that they should NOT turn off Notifications in their Canvas for Students (iOS/Android) app
  • Ask students to be sure their contact information is up to date in the Emergency Notification System (ENS)