Instructors can now instantly incorporate Facebook, Twitter and text messaging into and beyond the classroom
Students post their thoughts and questions on lecture, homework, etc. through the QuickConnect Widget. Those messages are then delivered to other class members via their favorite social networking site, mobile phone or email. Both students and instructors have the option of replying to posts via Facebook, Twitter, text message or email. All responses are then added to the discussion thread within the course for other students and instructors to view and respond to. Threaded discussions can be forwarded to other classes and groups to expand the conversation and stored in a searchable knowledgebase for the benefit of future students.
One of the key benefits of QuickConnect is leveraging the communication technology of choice, including Facebook, Twitter and text messaging to communicate without the need for “friending” and “texting” students directly – so there are no privacy concerns. Instructors are not required to join any social network; they can respond to queries directly via email, while allowing students to participate in the conversation using their preferred mode of communication. Since QuickConnect supports asynchronous messaging, students can post queries and replies when they are studying after hours and instructors can respond during normal business hours.
“Email alone is no longer an effective tool to reach today’s students and although some students rarely log into their institution’s LMS, they check their phones and Facebook accounts multiple times per day,” said Donald Doane, the Company’s CEO. “The QuickConnect Widget provides an optimal channel for instructors to reach and connect with students outside of the classroom where they live and socialize.”
The company will host a webinar on Thursday, October 29th at 1:00PM EDT entitled, “How to Make Your Learning Management System More Social,” in which it will feature its new QuickConnect Widget. The webinar is free and open to public. Event registration information is available on the company’s website at http://www.connectyard.com/info/events.php.
ConnectYard specializes in helping institutions effectively leverage the power of social and mobile media to improve the educational experience by extending the learning environment outside of the classroom into where students live and socialize – online. The Company’s Web 2.0 solutions are built upon a foundation of proven success and customer-driven innovation with a high focus on enhancing learning and building community amongst students.
ConnectYard, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. For more information on how ConnectYard can help your institution maximize student recruitment and retention, please visit http://www.connectyard.com or contact us at 973-494-8041.
Other press releases from ConnectYard Inc
- Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Adopts ConnectYard to Complement Communication Capabilities Within Desire2Learn® Learning Suite - July 7th, 2011
- ConnectYard Announces Seamless Integration with the Blackboard Learn Platform - April 14th, 2011
- ConnectYard and Anne Arundel Community College Partner to Ensure Student Success and Retention - January 6th, 2011
- ConnectYard Secures Funding for Social Media Learning Platform from Jumpstart NJ Angel Network - July 27th, 2010
- ConnectYard Releases Blackboard Building Block to Boost Community and Social Networking Applications for the Blackboard Learn(TM) Platform - June 2nd, 2010
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