Communicating Online With Students
Overview & Reminder
This page overviews core communication tools available at Pima through D2L Brightspace which are also promoted within the first weekly module of our TE125 TEACH course for faculty. As you review the options below, keep in mind what you believe about effective faculty-student communication - and let those beliefs guide how you use these tools.
Review of Core Tools
Email Students Using The Classlist Tool
Create Whole-Class Announcements Using The Announcements Tool
The Announcements tool, by default, lives on your homepage and is pretty intuitive for faculty to learn. In most courses, it is the first thing students see when they visit your D2L classroom. The College also posts global messages to all students using this tool (e.g. alerting to students when D2L or a third-party tool is down due to a technical issue).
Click for additional information on announcements.
Tutorial: Creating a synchronous meeting within D2L
Help Students Stay Aware of Your Announcements
The Activity Feed Widget
The Old-School Chat Room
Pima Faculty FAQs (click question to view answer)
How can I schedule meetings for one-to-one conferences with my students?
Here are some options that may work for you:
Calendly.com has a free version enabling faculty to create a dedicated page where students can select meeting times at prespecified lengths.
Google's little-known "Appointment Slots" feature provides a built-in option within the Google Calendar that enables students to select any available times that work best for them. It's not as flashy as Calendly but gets the job done.
Other options currently include: 1) setting up recurring Google Meet invitations that students can RSVP through their Google Calendar join together - though there is no "waiting room" option; 2) setting up recurring Zoom office hours that students can RSVP for through their Google Calendar - and then utilize the waiting room feature so that the instructor can select which student or groups of students join together; or, 3) set up Bongo Virtual Classroom Meetings through D2L Brightspace.
Create self-enrollment groups within D2L Brightspace which enable students to self enroll in groups that are designated to meet at specific times. Attach meeting times and meeting links to each group's description.