Improve instructor-initiated regular and effective contact in online (distance) education

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1. Initiate communication with students prior to the start of course

1.1. Send a welcome email at least 1 week before course starts; include liquid syllabus, tutorials on how to log in and navigate LMS, pre-course activities, and links to additional resources

2. Create an "introduction" forum that allows students to "meet" one another

2.1. Create intro forum using Canvas discussion or an LTI (Flipgrid, Harmonize, etc)

2.2. Outline a list of prompts/questions students can add to their intro

2.3. Outline expectations for peer replies to avoid "replying for the sake of replying"

3. Deliver prompt responses to questions and/or concerns

3.1. Implement a communication policy that states when you will respond to messages (i.e., "I will respond to messages within 24 hours M-F")

3.1.1. Include the various ways students can get in touch (email, Canvas inbox, Pronto, Discord, Slack, etc)

3.2. Add communication policy to course homepage and/or liquid syllabus (make sure it's visible to students)

4. Post weekly announcements

4.1. Use announcements to explain learning goals, overview of activities, clear up any confusion, provide general feedback, and provide any updates/changes

4.1.1. Post announcements in Canvas or in a communication tool of your choice (Pronto, Slack, Discord, etc.)

5. Provide meaningful, constructive, and individualized feedback on assessments

5.1. Use the features in Canvas speedgrader (rubric, comments box) to provide feedback

5.2. Offer an opportunity for student to re-do formative assessment(s) if they did not do well on the first try

6. Provide sync and async options for communication with students

6.1. Install Zoom or similar conferencing tool for synchronous communication between yourself and students

6.2. Install Pronto, Slack, Discord, or communication tool of your choice for asynchronous communication between yourself and students