Communicate with students

Important

Topic-based communication tools are only effective once students gain access to the topic in FLO. To communicate with students before then, you will need to change the access date.

There are different options for communicating with students. Typical uses and communication methods are outlined below.

What do you want to do? Tool to use
Advise students a lecture or tutorial has been cancelled (Due to sickness/illness) The Announcements tool in FLO will send an email with the announcement posted to all enrolled students within the topic.  This usually is sent within 15-30 minutes of posting announcement. A copy is recorded in the FLO site.

Advise students a lecture or tutorial is no longer being offered (either before commencement of topic or during topic)

When a lecture or tutorial series is removed as an option from Student Two, students enrolled in that stream are automatically notified.  Please contact Student Systems for more assistance.
Ask a question of all students in your topic, before teaching has commenced Change the topic start date for students in Student Two, this will open the FLO site students early. Contact your local eLearning (FLO) support team for instructions on how to do this.
Convey important information to your students prior to commencement of topic. Change the topic start date for students in Student Two, this will open the FLO site students early. Contact your local eLearning (FLO) support team for instructions on how to do this.

Ask a question of all students in your topic, and have them reply to the entire group

for example, ask what areas should be covered in a revision lecture before the exam

Forum tool

If students so choose, a copy of the discussion messages will be sent to their email. Notification of new posts will also appear in their My Home page.

Ask a question of some or all students in your topic, and have them reply individually

for example, ask students if they have any problems working in their project teams

Dialogue tool

A copy of all messages will be kept within the topic.

Ask a question of some or all students in your topic, and have them reply individually

for example, ask a student how they are going with their assignment

Messaging

A private message can be sent to a student or students by using the send message option in FLO.  This is located within FLO and does not require Outlook.

Communicate with one or more people (not necessarily topic-related)

for example, notify one or two students about a work experience opportunity

Email

In the Participants link, select one or more people and send an email. This will open Outlook, and allow you to compose a normal email message. (Note: this is done outside of FLO.)

Send a brief, informal message to one or more people

for example, tell a student they left their textbook behind in the lecture theatre 

Messaging

A private message can be sent to a student or students by using the send message option in FLO.  This is located within FLO and does not require Outlook.

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