We’re always looking to share digital tools that help professionals in the education sector! I caught-up with Andy Davis, co-founder of the app Notifyed, to find out more about the app making it simple for professors to communicate with students.
How does Notifyed help teachers communicate with students?
Andy: Students communicate with each other via apps. Yet most universities mostly communicate with students via email – the only communication method that they use less and less every day.
Students constantly receive emails from societies/clubs, lecturers, university admin, fellow students and advertisers. Their flooded inboxes has made email an ineffective communication channel for university students, especially on mobile phones.Email is great for long form communication but not short, immediately digestible information. Notifyed was born to solve this problem. It’s a secure, one-way group messaging app for lecturers to communicate to students and free for both lecturers and students on all devices.
How does Notifyed work?
Andy: It’s very easy to use.
Lecturers create a class on the app and receive a class code. They can share this code with students and send messages straight away. This could be anything from academic updates, class discussions, links to reading materials for future lessons, motivational messages, schedule changes and deadline reminders.
Students simply download the app and type in the class code. They can then receive notifications on their phone when the class professor sends a message.
It’s a one-way messaging app: students can’t reply to messages through the app which ensures messaging is uncluttered for professors.
Which institutions use Notifyed?
Studies have been undertaken validating the impact sending students short messages has on their academic attendance and completion rates.
How can lecturers and professors get started with Notifyed?
Andy: If you’re a university lecturer/professor, TA, head of department or a Visiting Fellow, sign up (for free) at http://notifyed.org or download the iOS app http://apple.co/1IdV8LD or Android app http://bit.ly/1IdVge6.
Once you have the app, you can create your first class, share your class code with your students and start sending messages.
Feel free to get in contact with any feedback or suggestions!
Andy Davis is a Visiting Fellow at Surrey University. Prior to Notifyed, Andy built a school admissions platform funded by Telefonica and others. From 2013-2014, Andy worked very closely with early stage startups on product, investment, hiring, business development as Programme Coordinator at Telefonica’s startup fund Wayra.