Usually teachers and lecturers are quick to prohibit mobile phones in the classroom, but educators and faculty have much to gain from using SMS to streamline communication with their students.
SMS for education has proven vital for institutions like Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand, who manage their 25,000 students with the B-SWU system, and mega-university and Open and Distance Learning pioneer The University Of South Africa, who need to communicate with over 100,000 students annually.
From the very beginning of the process, SMS can be instrumental in bringing students through your hallowed halls. Delivering information directly into potential students’ pockets can make enrolment processes more clear and convenient for everyone.
SMS for education can be used for:
- Alerting students to upcoming Open Days
- Delivering and accepting enrolment offers
- Collating academic information
A busy university life, with classes, work and a healthy social calendar, can be an organisational nightmare. SMS can keep your students in the loop and on track to benefit most from their education.
SMS can be used for:
- Sending reminders for classes and lectures
- Delivering information about new courses or course changes
- Alerting students to internships and job fairs
- Real-time emergency alerts
SMS isn’t just a one-way street. It can be an efficient way of polling students about their experience. Using only 160 characters, you can gain a wealth of information about your student body, to provide a richer learning environment.
SMS questionnaires can include:
- Y/N and T/F questions
- Keyword answers
- Multiple choice questions
The most nerve-wracking part of schooling is receiving exam results, and it’s often an ordeal, with online servers being overloaded at peak times. Think of how easy it would be to send exam and course results directly to each student via SMS. No more logging in and anxiously refreshing web pages.
SMS for education isn’t just for universities and young adults. Most teenagers in school have mobile phones, and so do their parents. SMS can be a convenient way of delivering information directly to students and parents, with a much larger open rate than email.
SMS for parents can include:
- Delivering truancy notes
- Sending school news and information
- Event reminders
- Sending emergency alerts and updates
SMS connects students and staff in new ways
Email sometimes gets overlooked. Mail sometimes gets lost. But almost everyone – students, teachers, lecturers and parents – has a mobile phone right at hand. More and more schools and universities are making the most of this vital communication tool using SMS.