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Helpful Strategies and Tips: Student Introductions

Submitted by on September 24, 2012 – 8:27 pmNo Comment

This post is part of the series Helpful Strategies and Tips: Designing an Online Course, which provides guidance through common challenges instructors face during online course development.

Student introductions at the beginning of the class help to create a welcoming learning environment and a sense of community. The “introduce yourself” discussion allows the instructor and students to get to know one another, allows students to practice using the forums in the course, and enables the instructor to identify students with common interests that may be useful when forming groups for collaborative work.

In an “introduce yourself” assignment, ask students to introduce themselves based on directions you provide about where and how they should do so. Provide an example of an introduction, and/or start the process by introducing yourself.

Regarding Quality Matters and Student  Introductions

  • QM 1.8: Students are asked to introduce themselves to the class.

Example of a student introduction assignment:

In this course we will be working together collaboratively to achieve the course objectives throughout the semester. I look forward to getting to know you over the course of the semester. To get things started, please introduce yourself to your classmates. You can do that by adding a thread to this discussion forum. In your reply, tell us a little about yourself and what you hope to achieve in this course.

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