Here's a great tip from Eileen Everett (LA 121: Art History through the 19th Century) for using tagging in online discussions:
Tagging is a great way call out a bunch of students in a big class, once a lot of student posts have come in. Though I may respond individually to some of those posts, I also want to address the class as a whole, while acknowledging the recent posts. Here's an example:
Thanks to Deokgil [tag], Brandon [tag], Pola [tag], and Haylie [tag] for starting the discussion off this week! You each have presented viable theories about who this woman may be or what she represents. Nice work!
Class: in case you are wondering about the soon to be Duchess of Urbino, here is some biographical information (to add to Brandon's!)...
As you may have noticed, there is a certain amount of redundancy in the notifications that are available. But each user can decide which alerts, if any, they want to receive on their mobile devices (through the AAU Classes app) or by email.
- So, for example, students might opt to get alerts for "You are tagged in a comment" but not to get alerts for "Instructor comments/markup on your post."
- Or they might want push notifications on mobile device when they're tagged, but only a weekly email for instructor comments and markup.
BEST PRACTICE: Since you can't know how a student's notifications are set up, it makes sense to err on the side of over-notification and tag a student if you want to make sure she sees your comment.
You can also set up your own notifications to reduce redundancy and ensure that you receive only the most useful alerts.