How should I communicate with my students?

If you want to...

Use this...

Send a brief, informal message to one or more people

for example, tell a student they left their textbook behind in the lecture room

Messages

In the Participants link, select one or more people and choose Send Message.

Communicate with one or more people (not necessarily topic-related)

for example, notify one or two students about a work experience opportunity

Email

In the Participants link, select one or more people and choose Send Email. This will open Outlook or Email Client (ec. Thunderbird), and allow you to compose a normal email message. (Note: this is done outside of Gamel.) 

Please note this will only work for a small number of students (less than 10). If you wish to contact the entire topic, you should use the News forum activity.

Provide information to all students in your topic (no response required)

for example, tell students a lecture has been cancelled

News forum activity

Unless they have specifically opted out, a copy of the announcement (and a link to any attachments) will be sent to the students' email. It will also appear in the Latest news block on the topic homepage.

Ask a question of some or all students in your topic, and have them reply individually

for example, ask students if they have any problems working in their project teams

Dialogue activity

The Dialogue activity allows you to start one-to-one conversations with your students, or allow students to initiate conversations with you or with others in the topic.

You will need to add Dialogue to your topic if you wish to use it. A copy of all messages will be kept within the topic.

Ask a question of all students in your topic, and have them reply to the entire group

for example, what should be covered in a revision lecture before the exam

News forum activity

If students so choose, a copy of forum messages will be sent to their email. Notification of new posts will also appear on their My Home page.

Last modified: Thursday, 19 April 2012, 2:05 PM