Tips to effectively use ClassPulse
Share a Welcome Post
When you add a course, make sure to share a welcome post. This is the best way to break the ice.
Make sure all students download it
Make sure all of your class downloads ClassPulse and adds your course. The best way to do this is to use the last couple minutes of class to do so. If you need help setting up the app, here is a short video that goes through the steps to set it up. We are always happy to assist you, so feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Be enthusiastic about it
Encourage your students to post on ClassPulse and explain that you genuinely care about their thoughts and want to help them make the most out of your class. Students won’t be enthusiastic about the idea if you aren’t.
Create a collaborative environment
Make sure your students understand that they can use the app to proactively ask questions, share their thoughts, and help each other out!
Check in with your students by sharing posts and asking them to reply by commenting. For example: “How is class going for you so far? What is working for you? What isn’t? Please reply by commenting.” If you aren't sure how to share posts, here is a short video that shows you how to. Some popular faculty posts are "what should I stop, start, continue doing?" or "which topics are you struggling with the most?".
Check in with your students using polls. For example: “How useful did you find today's exercise?” “Useful, somewhat useful, not useful”. If you aren't sure how to share polls, here is a short video that shows you how to.
We have found that there is a correlation between anonymity and post volume. Every class is different, which is why we made this feature customizable. However, many students do not feel comfortable sharing what they don’t understand if they risk looking stupid or sharing feedback that might affect how their instructor perceives them.
Give them an incentive to post
At the end of the semester, you can request a list of the top engagers on ClassPulse (top 25% of the class). Tell your students that you will give extra participation points to the top engagers. Students are not used to feeling connected with their professors outside of class and while engaging and reflecting about what they are learning is in their best interest, they need to get in the habit of it. We have found that the best way to incentivize them to do so is to reward students who post the most. Note that if you allow anonymity, we still track the engagement of students who post anonymously. If you are interested in receiving a list of the top engagers or have any questions on how we calculate engagement, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org