Student email is Dying, Long Live Student Email!


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The last few years, I’ve run into a struggle with students – they have stopped checking their student email. In fact, teenagers tend to spurn email communication in favor of social media,  messenger services, and text. This can be incredibly frustrating when you are trying to get in touch with a student outside of class (to schedule an appointment, touch base, ask a question, etc).

Today I’ve decided to implement an experiment based on the decline of email but the rise of the smart phone. If memory serves from my time as a teenager girl, it is physically impossible to separate a teenager from their smart phone. Today, I had all of the students take out their smart phones, set up their school email on it with push notification. Let the great experiment begin…


10 thoughts on “Student email is Dying, Long Live Student Email!

  1. robertlfs

    I am curious how this will work for you.

    I now note on my syllabi to not send me course related communications via FB, Linkedin, or Twitter. I don’t want to come off as a techno Luddite but email still seems the best and most universally accepted vehicle for disseminating group info re coursework materials. Email remains the default for our university wide ecourseware communication system as well.

    1. Jennifer Carey Post author

      It is definitely the most professional venue. I will follow up and keep you posted. I had been telling them to put it on their phones for weeks. Today, I just took 5 minutes of class time and we all did it.

    1. Jennifer Carey Post author

      I try to avoid personal emails because it causes so many problems trying to keep all of that information straight. This is definitely an argument in favor of an LMS – a central login, location, and communication tool…


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