Communication with students

Use these helpful scripts to introduce Yellowdig to your course. Note that all the red text needs to be changed to your specifications. If you need any help, please reach out at support@yellowdig.com. 

Sample 1- With points grading

I have an exciting announcement to make! Our class is going to participate in a pilot program that's going on at [School Name] in which certain classes are adding a social learning tool called Yellowdig to their course sites.

In our class, I would like us to use Yellowdig for two purposes: as a way to create a community outside of our classroom (since we only see each other [twice] a week), and as a forum for reflection on your progress [Course Topic] over the course of the semester. To achieve those goals, I invite you to post items of interest relating to [Course Topic] to Yellowdig, or articles, videos, and other webpages relate to your personal interests, and to post about your experience preparing the various written and oral assignments.

[Because the reflective aspect of Yellowdig will help you prepare for the portion of the final portfolio in which you will reflect on the progress you will have made, your Yellowdig participation will be counted as part of your grade for that assignment. To earn full credit for that part of the portfolio you will need to earn at least 300 points by adding pins and by commenting on and earning likes from your peers.] – Important to tie Yellowdig to specific learning objectives

Each pin of [40] words or more earns [10] points, each comment of [40] words or more earns [5] points, and earning like earns [1] point, so to earn these points you will need to average [27] points on Yellowdig per week. For example, you could add a pin ([10] points), make [three] comments ([15] points), and earn [two] likes ([2] points) for a total of [27] points. Or you could comment on [four] pins ([20] points) and earn [seven] likes ([7] points). Given earning likes is not in your hand, it is better to pin and comment enough to earn to total weekly target.

I’ll be talking more about this in class on [Monday], but if you have questions about how this is going to work, you can comment on this pin!

 

Sample 2- Points and a weekly maximum

I have an exciting announcement to make! Our class is going to participate in a pilot program that's going on at [School Name] in which certain classes are adding a social learning tool called Yellowdig to their course sites.

In our class, I would like us to use Yellowdig for two purposes: as a way to create a community outside of our classroom (since we only see each other [twice] a week), and as a forum for reflection on your progress [Course Topic] over the course of the semester. To achieve those goals, I invite you to post items of interest relating to [Course Topic] to Yellowdig, or articles, videos, and other webpages relate to your personal interests, and to post about your experience preparing the various written and oral assignments.

[Because the reflective aspect of Yellowdig will help you prepare for the portion of the final portfolio in which you will reflect on the progress you will have made, your Yellowdig participation will be counted as part of your grade for that assignment. To earn full credit for that part of the portfolio you will need to earn at least 300 points by adding pins and by commenting on and earning likes from your peers.] – Important to tie Yellowdig to specific learning objectives

Each pin of [40] words or more earns [10] points, each comment of [40] words or more earns [5] points, and earning like earns [1] point, so to earn these points you will need to average [27] points on Yellowdig per week. For example, you could add a pin ([10] points), make [three] comments ([15] points), and earn [two] likes ([2] points) for a total of [27] points. Or you could comment on [four] pins ([20] points) and earn [seven] likes ([7] points). Given earning likes is not in your hand, it is better to pin and comment enough to earn to total weekly target. You can earn up to a weekly maxium of [50] points per week, so please do not wait untill the end of the semester to start earning your points. Each week starts at [12:00 PM EST Sunday]

I’ll be talking more about this in class on [Monday], but if you have questions about how this is going to work, you can comment on this pin!

 

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