Telling Your Students About Yellowdig: Email or Syllabus Templates

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 clientsuccess@yellowdig.com

Sample 1- Pilot with points

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 having discussions about course content and reflecting 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] on Yellowdig.  You can also articles, videos, and other webpages relate to your personal interests, and to post about your experiences preparing various other written and oral assignments from the class.

Yellowdig will help you learn and prepare for other parts of the class, so your Yellowdig participation will be counted as part of your grade. To earn full credit for that part of the class grade you will need to earn at least 300 points by adding Pins and by Commenting on and earning likes from your peers. (The important thing here is to try to tie Yellowdig to a couple of specific reasons for inclusion in the course or specific learning objectives it will help your learners achieve).

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). Earning Likes and people Commenting on your Pins are not things you directly control, but you will increase your chances of getting Like and Comments if you post early in the week and they will get you closer to your weekly target if you do a good job.

One important thing to note is that, due to privacy regulations, notifications in Yellowdig are set to off.  I highly recommend that you look at the available notifications and elect to receive the ones that will be helpful for you (e.g., you can be notified when someone in the class specifically @ mentions you).

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- Pilot with 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.

Yellowdig will help you learn and prepare for other parts of the class, so your Yellowdig participation will be counted as part of your grade. To earn full credit for that part of the class grade you will need to earn at least 300 points by the end of the course, by adding Pins and by Commenting on and earning likes from your peers. (The important thing here is to try to tie Yellowdig to a couple of specific reasons for inclusion in the course or specific learning objectives it will help your learners achieve).

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). Earning Likes and people Commenting on your Pins are not things you directly control, but you will increase your chances of getting Like and Comments if you post early in the week and they will get you closer to your weekly target if you do a good job.  You can earn up to a weekly maximum of [50] points per week, so please do not try to wait until the end of the semester to start earning your points. Each week starts at [12:00 PM EST Sunday]

One important thing to note is that, due to privacy regulations, notifications in Yellowdig are set to off.  I highly recommend that you look at the available notifications and elect to receive the ones that will be helpful for you (e.g., you can be notified when someone in the class specifically @ mentions you).

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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