New to using StudyForge, or just need a refresher for the new school year? Learn best practices while using StudyForge in your virtual classroom.
Let’s make sure you get off on the right foot and start your school year off right! We’d like to offer some tips on using StudyForge that have been proven effective for online teachers.
Tip #1: Connection, Connection, Connection – Introduce Yourself Right Away
Don’t wait for your students to reach out to you. Email each and everyone in your class a welcome letter.
What should be included? We suggest:
- Personality – Share something about yourself that can be relatable or interesting to your students.
- The best way to communicate. Is it email, LMS message board, Zoom/Skype, carrier pigeon? Let them know how they’ll best get a hold of you.
- Give them instruction on how your course works and how they can work the course to their advantage.
- Instructions around how to submit assignments
- What they should expect for feedback / assessments etc
- Course Outline and Sample Timeline.
Tip #2: Get Familiar with the StudyForge Navigation Bar
The StudyForge Navigation Bar is one of your best friends especially if you teach more than one class; it can take you directly to a Course/Chapter/Lesson or to a specific class or student instantly. This is very helpful when you have to meet with a parent or student as you can access their progress right away. You’ll wonder what you did before you had it or started using it.
Get yourself familiar with your new best friend by watching these Knowledge Base Videos:
Tip #3: Make StudyForge Courses Your Own
Our courses have been designed to be a complete turn-key course without any supplements or alterations. However, we know you may want to add your personal touch which is why we give teachers the option to customize their course. Watch these Knowledge Base Videos to learn how to do this.
You can also customize your students’ assessments experience with StudyForge. Learn how to add more time or add another attempt for either the whole class or an individual student.
Tip #4: Help Your Student Become a StudyForge Pro
You may have students new to online learning and this can feel intimidating to them. Set them up for success by sharing these videos that encourage them to be brave, adventurous and studious.
Tip #5: **New Feature – Teacher Dashboard
New this semester is the Teacher Dashboard (in beta testing). One feature is to use the pre-built Activities dashboard tab to show you when a student has handed-in assignments through StudyForge, or if there are activities that require grading.
Read this Knowledge Base Article to set up your very own dashboard.
This is just a brief overview of things we think will help you get off to a great start. For more support, please check out our StudyForge Support Hub. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please fill out this form or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help you out!
We consider it an honour to be part of your class. We believe that you as the teacher are a true superhero and we will do all we can to support you.
Please reach out with any questions you may have.
Thanks and have a great start to the school year.