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7 Things You Should Know About Group Texting

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Group texting is an easy means of sending one brief missive to many people by means of cell phone text messaging. Instructors create a group, or “cell,” for each class or learning team. Each group has its own messaging channel, which students can access from any mobile device, by e-mail, or on the web. Group texting provides a surprisingly flexible platform for learning, and a number of colleges and universities are experimenting with group texting products as part of bring-your-own-device initiatives. In the future, these services might see greater integration with social media services and the campus LMS.

The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.

In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.

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