For the past decade, email has been the the most common form of communication on most campuses and offices. People are often wary of differing from the “norm.” Texting on college campuses is becoming widely more popular. Still skeptical? Read our reply to five of the most common misconceptions about texting your students.
1. Your students don’t want you to text them.
Actually, the opposite! Most students find text messaging easier and quicker in terms of response. Those students who don’t want to receive texts always have the option to opt out of text messaging.
2. Getting students’ phone numbers is impossible.
Most institutions collect cell phone numbers on application forms or student surveys, which gives you permission to start texting students. As a best practice, let students know how to stop receiving text messages in your initial message.
3. Students prefer email.
Texting is the most common form of communication among college students. Teachers and staff sending texts is becoming just as common. Texting helps your students get information quickly, which makes their lives (and yours!) that much easier.
4. You have to use your personal phone number.
Don’t worry about students getting your personal phone number. A secure texting platform will provide you with 10-digit phone numbers with local area codes that students recognize.
5. It’s unprofessional.
As long as you keep the content and tone of your messages professional, your text message comes across with the same professionalism as an email.
Students are constantly checking their phones throughout the day, making it that much easier and personal to contact them via text.
Still not convinced? Read a current college student’s perspective on why she wishes her academic advisor would text her: