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A sense of belonging and feeling like a part of a community is vital for the success of our students. One of the ways to build that sense of community is to help everyone get to know each other through introductory posts.

There are several ways to do this kind of assignment.  You could have the students create a blog post about themselves or have them introduce themselves on a discussion board thread.

It’s sometimes hard to think of ways to describe yourself so adding some prompts in might be a good idea.

  • What is your major?
  • What are your future career goals?
  • One thing you hope to learn in this class.
  • Do you have any pets?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Tell me one unusual thing about yourself.

This gives them a springboard to get started on the post instead of a blank canvas, which can make some students uncomfortable.

It might be useful to have a picture of the student as well for help in identifying them.

Picture of Lesley Speller - My name is Lesley Speller. I have a major in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, and to be honest I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up despite the fact that I'm almost 40! I'm married with three children, two boys (13 and 10) and a girl (8). I have a ridiculous number of pets. Three dogs, six cats, a turkey, and a gecko. I enjoy many different hobbies likes t-shirt design, embroidery, crochet, and writing. An unusual fact about myself is that I am fluent in Danish, because I lived there for three years after marrying my Danish husband. I'd like to learn about how to incorporate introductory posts into my course in this class.