Once upon a time, e-mail was the fastest and easiest way toreach your student body, particularly when the message contained an attachmentsuch as a photo, document or slide deck. However, today it's one of the last placesstudents check for something new or interesting. There are simply too manyother communication options available that are more social and engaging.
So it should come as no surprise that students these days prefer interacting onmobile devices and social media sites over traditional forms of communicationsuch as email, which may sit unread in an inbox for days or even weeks. What issurprising however is that some institutions still rely heavily on emaillistservs to promote campus events and other activities that are key to overallstudent success.
A new approach! ConnectYard extends the reach of MicrosoftSharePoint and Office 365 to today's most popular social media and mobiledevices. With more and more employees working remotely, ConnectYard enablesorganizations to bring the right people and information together instantly, byincreasing the speed of communication, which ultimately raises productivity andreduces technology deployment, training and support costs.
With the ever-expanding number of communication optionsavailable to students, faculty and administrators, institutions are recognizingboth the opportunity and necessity of extending communications beyondtraditional email in order to facilitate greater student engagement andincreased participation.
The ConnectYard App for SharePoint Online (SharePoint 2013running on Office 365) allows your institution to easily deliver important andtimely notifications to students via SMS (text, picture and video messaging),
and other places they are more likely to check and interactwith than email. This serves to speed message receipt and response times aswell as creates a more cohesive, connected learning environment.
To see the ConnectYard App for SharePoint Online in action,checkout their video demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62vnio1kJ5I
For a free trial of ConnectYard for SharePoint Online, visitthe Microsoft Office 365 store at http://tinyurl.com/cy365app
Wow - a great add-in that will have a huge impact for students who don't use email as their primary communications channel (and we know many don't!)