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Nathan Pritts, PhD

The online classroom requires instructors to develop and implement a comprehensive communication strategy—something separate from content and grounded in pedagogy, prioritizing learner support. The announcement feature is one tool that instructors can use for this purpose.

The announcement functionality in an online class can be more than just a greeting, or a way to wrangle a list of due dates. Students need to understand how to navigate not only the logistical aspect of your course, but also the content outcomes. By creating a road map—not only to your course but to a larger idea of academic and personal success—announcements in your online classes can support students in their day-to-day work while preparing them for a brighter and more fulfilling tomorrow.

In this 20-Minute Mentor, you’ll look at ways to focus the frequency of announcements and establish a road map to help set student expectations.


Nathan Pritts, PhD
Professor and Lead Faculty
Center for the Enhancement of the First-Year Experience
University of Arizona Global Campus


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