BbWorld Blog: Engagement, Persistence and Retention: How is the University of Southern Mississippi using ConnectYard to Successfully Enhance these Key Factors
Overall Concept: How Student Engagement and Persistence has a positive effect on retention.
Students and faculty choose course by course what channels they want to be communicated through. (Facebook Twitter, Texting and e-mail)
Faculty doesn’t have to have a Facebook or twitter account to use ConnectYard for the students in their courses.
- Social Media plays an important part in students’ lives.
- U of M’s adoption of ConnectYard grew from a desire to improve communication and increase participation in online courses and enhance student learning.
- Campus email is not an effective tool for student communication.
– Faculty and Student buy-in
- Fear that professors will have to access FB pages
- Faculty concerned with added workload
Social Media Policy (prohibits faculty from using it to teach classes through facebook, but they can use it to supplement.)
- Easy to use
- Building block Integration
- Bridge to Social Media
- Integral part to each course
- Stress privacy protection
Encourage students to personalize notifications
Stress Use to Quantify Class Participation.
Current use of ConnectYard
Getting Everyone Involved
- Faculty to Student
- Student to Faculty
- Student to Student
Communication within Courses
How it works: Messages, Discussions and Announcements come through Channels (Twitter, Facebook, Text & e-mail). Gradebook updates coming.
- Enhance Hybrid courses & supplementals
- Communication/interaction tool between learning teams
- Back Channeling during course and web presentations (students communicating with each other during lecture/video etc)
- Intra-department interaction & communication
- Campus Notifications
- Student Services
- Marketing & Recruitment
- personal perferences
- protect privacy
One way & Two Way Communication
- Discussion Boards
- Messages (Blogs, Wikis and Grades coming)