Research has shown that messages sent by instructors using the communication system Course Signals, inspire and motivate students who are not utilizing their time in class. These messages provide early intervention and may improve student performance by as much as a whole letter grade. Course Signals can also help failing students improve their grade and aid in the retention of students who are considering dropping. This communication system can help students be more successful in your courses.
PassNote is a messaging tool created for those wanting to provide feedback to students – and, in particular, those using Course Signals.
Select the risk level (red, yellow, green) you need a message composed for, choose the topic you want to address, then collect various phrases into a message you can further customize for your students. More information on how PassNote was developed is available here. To access PassNote, visit http://www.purdue.edu/passnote/
Workshops related to student feedback and Course Signals
Enhancing Your Course for Spring - How do I use digital feedback? This workshop will discuss student feedback digital tools such as Course Signals, Blackboard’s Retention Center, and PassNote. The group will discuss how using these tools can make giving quality feedback easier and bring the results you are looking for, no matter the size of your course. December 11th, from 10:15-11:15.
Enhancing Your Course for Spring - How Do I Easily Track Students' Progress in My Course? The Retention Center will be highlighted in this workshop. The Retention Center is a tool within Blackboard that can be used to provide student feedback by tracking student progress individually or with rules created by the instructor. This session will discuss how instructors can use this tool to provide effective feedback as well as how it can be used along with Course Signals. December 12, from 1:15-2:15.
Enhancing Your Course for Spring - How Do I Use Course Signals to Track At-Risk Students? Learn how to associate your course with Course Signals and get ready for next semester by seeing how Course Signals works, how to send a signal, and how to use it with PassNote, a student feedback tool designed for faculty. December 12, from 2:30-3:30.
This video, designed with student viewers in mind, briefly describes how Course Signals works. You can link it to your course, embed it in Blackboard, or simply show it to your class.