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A Faster, More Effective Way to Communicate With Students Using SharePoint Online and Connect Yard

A Faster, More Effective Way to Communicate With Students Using SharePoint Online and Connect Yard

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Once upon a time, e-mail was the fastest and easiest way to
reach your student body, particularly when the message contained an attachment
such as a photo, document or slide deck.  However, today it's one of the last places
students check for something new or interesting. There are simply too many
other communication options available that are more social and engaging.

So it should come as no surprise that students these days prefer interacting on
mobile devices and social media sites over traditional forms of communication
such as email, which may sit unread in an inbox for days or even weeks. What is
surprising however is that some institutions still rely heavily on email
listservs to promote campus events and other activities that are key to overall
student success.

A new approach! ConnectYard extends the reach of Microsoft
SharePoint and Office 365 to today's most popular social media and mobile
devices. With more and more employees working remotely, ConnectYard enables
organizations to bring the right people and information together instantly, by
increasing the speed of communication, which ultimately raises productivity and
reduces technology deployment, training and support costs.

SharePoint Online:



 
  
With the ever-expanding number of communication options
available to students, faculty and administrators, institutions are recognizing
both the opportunity and necessity of extending communications beyond
traditional email in order to facilitate greater student engagement and
increased participation.

The ConnectYard App for SharePoint Online (SharePoint 2013
running on Office 365) allows your institution to easily deliver important and
timely notifications to students via SMS (text, picture and video messaging),

 

Facebook:

Twitter:

LinkedIn :

and other places they are more likely to check and interact
with than email. This serves to speed message receipt and response times as
well 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, visit
the Microsoft Office 365 store at http://tinyurl.com/cy365app


 

Comments
  • 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!)

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