Faculty Student Real Time Communication
The heart of student engagement should be the enablement of direct and real time faculty to student communication within the explicit context of a class. Think class cancellations, room changes, emergency notifications, assignment reminders, including quizzes, homework, and exams, last minute class changes and updates, and any important information that the instructor needs or would like to communicate in real time. In addition a communication framework like this would allow students to opt in and communicate with each other as well for classroom discussions and group work without having to disclose their own phone numbers. I am basically proposing a light weight classroom communication framework. Many schools are either not fully utilizing their LMS or not all classes are in the LMS. Miami Dade College is a good example of this where only 20% of our classes have a Blackboard (LMS) component. Even in those classes that have an online or hybrid component many faculty still opt to communicate with their students in a manner of their own preference. For apps that do something similar look at the ' Remind' or 'Class Updates' apps.