I have found utilizing the Announcement option on CANVAS has been an effective way to reach my students. After every class meeting, I create an announcement based off the date. I include what we covered in class (linking any power points and videos), along with posting the next class period’s homework. If students are absent, I also link any recording sheets or articles they will need.
I have had many students provide feedback on the fact that I use this feature in a face-to face class. It helps them stay on track, especially since most of them all have smart phones. They do have a paper schedule, which we always go over in class, but this provides another type of support.
Another benefit is students do not have an excuse on not having their homework completed if being absent. It is still due, absent or not.
It is also a great way of holding them accountable…..I refer them back to CANAVS and the date in question.