Most of us know we need to provide students with a ‘Welcome Message’ in Blackboard, but we don’t always know what that message should include. For those who don’t know, a Welcome Message is a permanent message, usually an Announcement, posted in Blackboard that at a minimum should contain:
- Welcomes students to the Blackboard Course Site (or the online portion of that class) and
- Provides students with directions on where to go in the site to get started.
Your Welcome Message should be the first things students see when they enter the course, and should be left available all semester long.
Here are a few items you can include in your Welcome Message or in a Getting Started Section:
- Welcome to the Students
- Self-Introduction of Faculty Member
- Orientation to the Course Site (What’s on the site and where to find it)
- Schedule of Activities (or Calendar)
- Location of Course Syllabus
- First Activity (their first assignment and its location)
- Meetings Time and Locations (if applicable)
- Other course requirements
If you are not going to include them in the Welcome Message directly, then your welcome should tell students where to find this information.
For help with Welcome Messages, contact Online Learning.