For Those of Us Who Beg Students to Use E-mail

I thought I’d share this NY Times article about how and why college students do not use e-mail: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/fashion/technology-and-the-college-generation.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Interesting — they feel it’s antiquated!  Aaagh! I AM old! 😉  I take to heart the additional comment in the article that some students who might consider using e-mail shy away from it because they worry about the etiquette (eg., what do I put in the subject line? how do I address my instructor? etc.) .  This made me think I’ll add a little lesson about that at the beginning of each semester.  The authors go on to say how many of us veteran e-mail users do not composing effective  messages, so how can we expect our students to use this tool effectively?

–Tanya

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One thought on “For Those of Us Who Beg Students to Use E-mail

  1. Thanks for sharing this NY Times article, Tanya. No kidding about making us feel old! Interesting that the article is listed under “Fashion & Style”, and then the caption under the comic strip says: “School is a boring thing. Email is a boring thing. It goes together.” It’s a good thing that as teachers, we learn to have a sense of humor in order to survive students’ complaints & criticism. On the other hand, it’s a valid reminder that we need to stay “current” in order to connect with our students. Andrey

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