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Teacher Tips: Tackling Student Engagement

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Skillshare Top Teacher Dylan Mierzwinski shares tips and best practices for engaging your Skillshare students. In this video you will learn to communicate your style and personality through your profile, write compelling discussion posts, and provide helpful feedback for your students. 

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1. Teacher Tips: Tackling Student Engagement: Hey, guys. I'm Dylan Mierzwinski, fellow sculpture teacher, and I'm here today to talk about student engagement. First, we're going to go over all of the places that we have to interact with students on the platform. And then I'm going to show you my workflow for handling all of those discussion posts, comments, projects and replies. Let's start by talking about where we engage with students on the platform, starting, maybe surprisingly, with profiles. So your profile serves as a proactive way to train your students to know how to contact you , how to use your classes and how to find your most valuable content, which you should organize in a way that put your best foot forward. Getting students to connect to you as a teacher is a great way to keep engaging with them in the long term. From any page on the skill share platform, simply click on your avatar in the top right hand corner and select view. Profile. Clicking Edit Profile gives you access to simple but powerful editing tools to totally transform your profile. As skill share gives users the freedom to decide how many sections they have, what they contain, and in which order they appear. You can also use the social links in the left side bar to keep your followers up to date on where to find you, I remarks, has a really excellent profile that I want to show you. It starts off by pulling you right into his world. His avatar and his header image right here give you a really good sense of his illustrations style. And not only that, but he literally tells you right here the types of things that he's into and what he has to offer you. He puts yeses content, his classes divided and letting you know whether you want to learn creative illustration and visual storytelling. Or if you're looking more for cartooning and drawing. He's got this picture of him, which again just shows more of who he is and his personality. And I think this is a great example of engaging with IRA and not just his classes here. He talks about what he does when he's not teaching books that he has been involved with and some of the things that he's proud of, and so again that makes us really connect with him, and that's really great We've got his projects in his discussions down here and you can see that his discussions all have fun. Ira, like, um, covers and that all makes it all feel very cohesive. Um, and it's no wonder that he's a top teacher. Next, we have class descriptions, project descriptions and video notes. This is the same exact idea as your profile with wanting to be proactive, but this is on a more specific class by class basis. You can use the class description in project description to inform students of class takeaways how they can contact you, how to succeed at completing and publishing the class project and how to further their success with additional resource is I also like to use the video player notes to help connect students with relevant resource is as they're taking in the content. And don't forget to make things fun. Using animated GIFs, eye catching photos, and injecting your personality into all that you do on the platform will always make engagement feel natural for both sides, and that makes it fun. Instead of a chore from the Edit class page, you can add and edit class and project descriptions, So if I go to edit and class info here. This is where I have access to change the title and add any of my descriptions for the class and for the project. You have the usual editing tools down here to make sure that you can format your text how you want. You've got lists, you've got links. You can also add media, which means gifs and photos and videos and all of that stuff you can add right here, which is really nice. You'll notice for the class project description that there's a section down here to add any resource is or files. You can see that in this class I have one called level up. Resource is that's a pdf for students to use sometimes its helpful toe. Let your students know right in the project description that this resource exists and that they can find it in the right hand. Sidebar of the project tab. So if I go to view this class, I'm gonna leave cause I didn't change anything. I can go to the your project tab, and sure enough, on the right hand side, I see that resource there. Um, it's once you know it's there it's easy to find. Sorry about that. Once you know it's there, it's easy to find. But if students haven't used the resource is ever before, it can be really easy to just scroll right past the Nazi. For video player notes, you can click on the push pin. I come and you'll see this tool, Tip says. View all notes, and that will take you to any of the public notes that are in this video. You can also see them by scrolling over the timeline, and you'll see the avatar of the person's profile picture with the No overhead. And it's nice because you have access to any links that are in here. And then if, since these are all notes that I've written, I can also edit and delete them right from this hover, and then people can like them as well. If I want to add a note, I can just go toe where I want that note to appear on the timeline. I can type up my information. If you want it to be private, you can. But the point of this is to share and engage, so if you make it public, you can post it, and then just like these guys, it will show up right here within each class. We also have the community tab, and this is where you and students get the chance to have the floor. You compose the question or resource or a comment and interact and engage with fellow students. Besides projects, this is probably where most of the one on one student engagement is going to happen. And this is great because you can reply directly to a student's question. So have that one on one connection. But then the public information is still there for other students to find and use in the future, so that's really helpful. So from the class page, simply click on the community tab, and any time a new post or reply is added, that post is moved to the top of the feet. So this is the most recent question and reply that has happened. If somebody were to scroll down and decide to reply to this post, then the next time I logged in this post would be the one pulled to the top, and so that's really nice. It makes it easy to quickly scroll down and see if there are any new questions that you need to answer and in this case, ideo. And I'm gonna go ahead and give her a thorough answer. All right, I've answered her. I always seal it off with a love love Dylan and in a postive. So now that's taking care of. We also have discussion posts, of which there are two kinds class wide, which are actually what we were just talking about that live in the community tab. So any time you post there, it's sort of considered a discussion posts the's air posts that you make that are visible to all students in the class. As a teacher. When you post a discussion, you have the choice to email all the students, which makes it powerful for getting their attention, even if they aren't checking in on the platform. So once again from the class page, you're going to go ahead and click on the community tab. Once you click into the text editor, I'm going to go ahead and say, Start a conversation check box will appear down here that says email all students, and if you check that, you can see that you have a chance to actually enter in the email subject that will show up when they get that email. Be strategic with us. Ask yourself what kind of subject lines appeal to you, or consider what's the main point of what you're trying to communicate and that will help you cut right through to what you're offering. I often like something intriguing but not misleading. No one really likes Clickbait. When you're all done, you can hit post, and that email will go out to your students and the Post will live here on the community tab like anything else for people to interact with their. We also have follower wide discussion posts, and these live on our profile. These air best saved for important announcements, updates and offerings that your entire following could benefit from. You can update your following on what's happening in your world. You could take a poll on what your class topic could be. You can showcase some excellent student projects or even inform them of Resource Is and other classes that they may enjoy similarly to class wide discussion posts. When you write one, you have the option to email it to all your students or rather, in this case, your whole following from any platform page. Go ahead and click on the teach drop down and select post toe all followers, and this is going to look almost exactly like what we have on the community tab. I have a section to add media down here if you want more room to type. If you're going to be typing a longer discussion post. I like to click and drag this triangle down so I have more room. We have the check box down here to email all students and the subject line to do that. I always like to email students with follower wide discussion posts because he's just live on my profile, and there's not a great chance that someone will come to my profile and scroll all the way down regularly. So it's nice to email them with class wide discussion posts. It's kind of at your, you know, discretion because sometimes things you really want to make sure they see it, and sometimes it's just a quick thing for whoever happens to be in there, so up to you. And then we have the biggie student projects. Student projects are special because it's the manifestation of a fellow creative learning something new from your class, no less. They're being vulnerable by posting their work in front of strangers and are often feeling the high of having a new skill to play with. Plus, it's amazing to see a project prompt that you created, taken and run within such varying ways. Use feedback as a way to give encouragement, provided critique or to pose a question to further engage the student. Don't force it. Bs and fluff don't really help anyone from the class page. Go ahead and click on the All Projects tab to see all the public student projects. There are various filters to help you see what you're looking for. Trending is just things that people are liking. You can think of it as popular, assuming at some algorithm to do with likes and things that are being commented on most recent. So these air not only new projects that have been added, but these air updated projects as well and then most liked. Ah, so this is most like trending Sorry. These air kind of knew these just got swapped around, Um, but yet you can filter through to see which projects are where I usually like to come in and see most recent. That's what is most relevant to me. And then clicking on a project will take you into the full view where students can share various pictures and video and text and links, and then at the bottom is where you get the chance. This is an incredible project to like you have to likes you've got a heart over here and hard over here, and then you've got the chance to leave feedback. How you give student feedback and what you include is totally up to you is the teacher. Some teachers air casual and quicken their replies, while others are more thorough in their review of the work. Offering suggestions, suggestions and resource is for further development. Neither is right or wrong. It totally depends on the way that you do things. One other thing. I want to bring up our your account settings, and those are going to dictate what emails come through to you. So I am going to go to email notifications, and this is where you can decide which emails come through in which ones don't. So this is a good thing to check just to make sure that you're not missing out on any important emails that you wish that you'd be seeing. The nice thing is, a skill share also lets you drill down into some of these. So let's say you want updates from some of the classes you're taking, but not all of them. You can actually go in there and say which classes you want email updates from and which ones you don't. So, as you can see, there are a lot of places for us to interact with our students. And it can be a lot to stay on top of that once you have multiple classes and are building a whole channel. Skill share gives us this really nice notification to have up here. But honestly, there's so much going on that I needed to create a system that helped me kind of avoid this all together so that I wouldn't get overwhelmed. And so I like to systematically go through each class touching on all of those main points that we just went over and I'm gonna show you how I do that. Really. The name of the game here is opening things in new tabs. Right now I have seven or eight classes, and so it's not unrealistic for me to open these all in new tab. So I'd right click open a new tab, right click, open a new tab and so on and so forth. If you have 15 classes, then maybe don't open all 15 up in who tabs. But the point of this is just to open it up in a new tab so that you can save your place style so you can save your place with where you were. So what I do is I get into a class, and the first thing I check is the community tab. As I said anything that is updated even if someone replies on a super old question, that's going to float to the top. And so I just want to make sure that I scroll down and see that the last reply here is from me and that nothing is hanging on. So that's all good. There's nothing new here. And then I would go ahead and go into the project tab. Now, in this class in particular, I'm about a month and 1/2 behind on projects. And so I've got a lot of work to do here, but I know I'll be able to keep my place because I'm going to keep opening things up in new tabs. So I have the most recent here. I'm gonna open this one up in a new tab, and what I would do normally is read through. This is an excellent I open to this one earlier in the class. You can see that this student, Allie, put a ton into this. And so I really want to make sure that I give her the attention to read through all this that she's taken the time to share. Make sure that there aren't any questions that she left and I would go in here and leave my feet back. Um, like I said earlier, it's up to you how you leave your feedback. I always like to put the student's name, and they're a nice trick is even if they have accents or something in their name. If you click and drag and highlight this, you can copy it and paste it into the editor, and it will hold on to all of those accents for you. and that's just a nice touch to have the student's name in there. After I write my comment and post it, I always always, always like, right after posting the my feedback. And the reason I do this is because this is like a check box to myself that lets myself know that I left feedback on this project. So if I go back on and then I would close the tab so that project is done and I go back to my class and I'm all set. So what this does is when I scroll through here in this class, I'm gonna have to scroll for a while. Here's one I can see really easily by hovering over which ones have already left feedback on by which ones I have liked already. And so that just makes likes, you know, a little bit more functional than just letting someone know you like something it can communicate to you that you've already been there, and so that's what I do Class by class, project by project. I would keep going through all of these projects until I'm done with this class. I would come back and refresh to see if I missed any to see if any have some white hearts that are lingering, I would leave feedback and then I would close that tab and then it would automatically take me to the next class where I would go in. I checked the community tab for new questions and then the project and keep going. And so you can see this is a really nice way to make sure that you're checking everything thoroughly in your classes. But you don't have to depend on the notifications tab. The only time that this is different is, um, sometimes on your discussion posts that live on your profile, someone will reply to something really old and you won't think to check their. And so I do open up the notification tab just to make sure that I scroll through and all I'm looking for is the word replied, um, so it usually stands out, and I don't know if I like this right here, Fatima replied on this discussion, and so I wouldn't have maybe gone in and checked on my discussion posts. But thanks to this, me checking this, I now can go in. And if I want to reply back to Fatima. I can. And so it's good to check in in the notification tab. But it's also nice to have a system that is independent of it. And there you got it. Student engagement.