3 Easy Ideas for Student Introduction Assignments
Basic MethodProvide students with a list of questions you would like them to respond to in their introductory post. For example:
For your introductory post, please provide the following information:
1. Tell us your name and, if you have a nickname, let us know what you like to go by. 2. Tell us what your major is, or what areas of study you are interested in pursuing. 3. If you feel comfortable, tell us a little about where you are from and any hobbies that you enjoy. 4. Tell us what you hope yo get out of this class and how you hope it will help you in your future college courses.
Once you have created your post, respond to at least two of your classmates. See if there are others who have the same interests as you or who have posted something that you find interesting. Let’s all talk a little as we get started!
A Little More Creative: Two Lies and a TruthFor this activity, ask students to introduce themselves and provide three statements—two of which are lies, one of which is true. The other students try to guess which statements are true and which are lies. This introduction idea can make for some lively conversation!
Even More Creative: Stranded on a Desert IslandThis one can be done various ways, but we recommend the method captured in 8 Icebreakers Adapted for Online Student Communities, Part 1:
“If you knew you would be stranded on a desert island for 1 year, which 5 objects would you bring with you? Keep in mind there is NO electricity on the island! Choose your objects carefully then explain your choices in a short paragraph. Once you have completed your selections and posted your explanation, read and respond to at least 3 peers.”
Prevent Student Conversations from Going FlatTo keep student conversations lively and on point, clearly outline assignment expectations:
- Provide detailed instructions for what you want students to do.
- Include instructions describing how students should interact with their peers.