Guaranteed Way To Spark Learner Engagement

Snag learners early if you want them to be engaged in your online course. And by "early," I mean before your course even launches. Start with a welcome letter, and you'll find it much easier to make a lasting connection with students.

Welcome letters help you set expectations and highlight anything important when people are most attentive. Use your welcome letter to give students a quick preview of the course, give them contact information, state prerequisites, and give them major deadlines they can copy into their calendars. Paper or e-mail is fine, although e-mail is cheaper. Just make sure to send it a week or two before launch. Here are a few welcome letters from other organizations that can help you draft your e-learning missive: Welcome to Linn-Benton Community College eLearning Courses – Clearly spells out expectations Cascadia Online Classes Welcome Letter – Simple, but gives helpful information Gloucester County College eLearning Welcome Letters – A host of PDF welcome letters written by instructors Why Send a Welcome Letter? – Spells out the anatomy of a welcome letter, from University of Alaska at Fairbanks
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