Writing a welcome
A welcome message is likely to be the first thing that a student sees after logging into your unit, so is it important to make the right impression and set a positive tone for the unit. The following quick guide will assist you to plan and prepare a welcome video or text announcement for your students.
Use Blackboard Announcements
Use your first announcement as an opportunity to welcome and orientate students to your unit.
Two example welcome messages are provided below. The first message uses a text format and engages students with the more interesting and topical aspects of the unit. The second example has been produced as a video to provide visual context and illustrate the themes in the unit. How you decide to present your welcome message will depend on your message, the time you have at your disposal and the resources you have available.
Welcome to Organic Food Systems! This unit introduces you to food systems and systems theory to understand the physical, social and institutional forces that organize and interconnect, both from within and outside the food supply chain. Now I couldn't think of a subject that is as interesting or rich as food for what it reveals about the past and the present. I am a historian who got interested in food about 20 years ago from a background in environmental history. I am the convenor of the Australasian Food Studies Network and editor of Locale: Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies, which keeps me connected with food scholars from a range of different backgrounds. I was very happy to work on this unit with a great team of designers and my colleagues in the other units in the Graduate Certificate.
Welcome message script planner
The following template is a guide for introductory information that may be useful to share with your students. Use this template as a starting point and adapt it to suit the needs of your unit.
Name of unit:
|Other staff (tutors etc.):|
Welcome message template
Content to be covered in your unit
Welcome and introductions
What is this unit about?
How is this unit structured?
How will this unit be assessed?
What resources will be required?
e.g. I look forward to seeing you at our first live lecture, and at tutorials, which will commence in Week 1.
Sharing your message
Once you have finalized your draft unit welcome script you can decide how this will be included in your learning site.
- You could post your welcome message in MySCU as an announcement.
- Create an item in an Orientation module and paste the welcome message.
- Create a Unit Welcome Video and use your welcome script to guide your message. You can use MediaSite to record and stream your video.