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Because many faculty will not be able to meet their students in person, this reminder suggests to them to make a greeting announcement for the start of the semester. Instructors can set the tone of the semester, address online learning policies, and welcome students to class.
What is the best way to catch a student’s attention during the first day of class? While your go-to answer might be an in-person ice breaker or conversation groups, hosting a virtual class still needs a proper introduction like in-person courses.
In lieu of meeting students in person for the first week, you can write an introduction announcement (link to support article about announcements) for your course! You can remind them to review the syllabus, course assignments, and policies for your specific course. This is also a great opportunity to introduce yourself and teaching philosophy to your students. Find ideas on the Center for Faculty Innovation website (link to your university faculty resource website)