Should faculty text their students?

In an article written by Karen Costa on the Inside Higher Ed website, she addresses the issues that faculty and professionals have about texting their students. The two main concerns that she believes faculty have with texting their students is that people who don’t text are concerned about giving up a part of their minds and selves to texting technology and the other reason is that they believe texting their students crosses a professional boundary.

However, the writer highlights that by texting a student, they’ll always read it. Whereas, if you send an email a student might not read it. Also because in recent statistics, most teens who own smartphones and those that do, texting is the most popular way to communicate with close friends. On the other hand, not all students will consistently check their emails. In order to form a true communicative connection with students, she believes that we must align our medians.

Although, one of the concerns is that texting is informal, however an email is a much longer form of texting, however not with the convenience of communicating them at one of their main source of entertainment, their smartphone.

This one change of communication could help students be more well-informed and immersed in their courses.