- Do NOT put your entire syllabus in the email or use this email as an opportunity to go over the syllabus. Save that for day one or Syllabus Review Video. Add the Syllabus as an attachment if needed. Otherwise, add your Syllabus to the course as recommended on the D2L Faculty Start/End Course Checklist.
- This Welcome message should be separate from your Course Introduction/10-minute video
- Use your Course Introduction/10-minute video to go over the Syllabus, review the structure/layout of the course on D2L, etc.
- This email should:
- be about 250 to 400 words.
- avoid text walls-- use lists when possible. If appropriate, use an image or two.
- set the tone of the course.
- show students your enthusiasm for the course & materials.
- show that you are looking forward to learning with them.
- remind/inform them to sign-up for or purchase programs or other third-party materials (like books or subscriptions to a website).
- This message could instead be a short video or some audio that you either link in your email or post to the Syllabus module.
- Email students the link or instructions on how to view the video/listen to the audio.
- If you want to, you can open your course earlier and direct students to the Syllabus module. Put the welcoming message, your Syllabus, and any other materials you want students to view before the start of the course in this module.
- You can also put links to or inform students where to get programs, books, or subscriptions to make it easier for students to find the correct materials.
- Make sure that students know where to go to find these materials by emailing them.