Around the world, we are all missing our in-person communities whether they are neighborhood, work-place, interest-based, or one of the most revered communities—student and school communities. Digital connections such as social media, email, video calls, and virtual learning have replaced the physical connections that we hold so dear. Beyond the class Zoom call, another way to foster the student and education communities is to continue creating and publishing content that builds camaraderie and is a digital thread holding the community together.
Digital publishing is already popular for student newspapers or magazines, university marketing, school yearbooks, and more. This type of content is a perfect example of how connections can be developed and fostered through the digital distribution of important content pieces. Student newspapers report regularly on the happenings, sentiment, and experience of the student body. Issuu is already the digital publishing platform of choice for NYU’s Washington Square News, The Harvard Crimson, and The Tufts Daily.
Student magazines have always offered a platform for students to tell stories, feature niche subjects, and present unique perspectives. They are an important vehicle for new voices to be heard, and to explore subjects relevant to the students and their peers. Issuu offers an easy-to-use platform that will create high-quality content and publications, ready to showcase the exciting, and creative storytelling inside.
Yearbooks and commencement booklets are more exciting examples of digital content that can connect students, faculty, and staff. These publications celebrate and provide closure after another successful year, or especially during these challenging times. Creating a digital version also makes it easy to share the content through email, social media, and text. Plus, digital versions don’t include the same costs of printing individual copies and may break down barriers for some students who wouldn’t be able to purchase the more expensive printed version.
Whether schools and classes are able to come together physically this fall, digital content can bring the student body together with shared publications and content to consume together— even though physically apart.
We understand that normal processes related to the upcoming academic year have been upended by the global pandemic. Everything from deciding to enroll in university, choosing classes from the course catalog, or planning for the upcoming semester is overshadowed. Will the classes be exclusively online from home, or in a dorm with some in-person classes available? Universities are leveraging digital content for re-opening plans, enrollment, admissions, class schedules, and more. Boston University makes the Welcome packet, and financial aid tips available on Issuu to make sure their students have the content available in their preferred format— digital and optimized for their mobile devices. University students are an audience on-the-go, so delivering content in a digital format minimizes the challenges of tracking them down with a permanent address.
University alumni networks, along with the network of faculty and staff, are especially important to foster during these challenging times. Maintaining or developing the connections within the faculty will help everyone rise to the many challenges of the pandemic. University and faculty digital newsletters are a critical tool to keep the communication lines strong and open. Check out the Working @ Duke faculty magazine example. The alumni community will also be an important resource to turn to. To tackle the upcoming school year, the university needs to innovate and potentially look for additional funding and support. Alumni magazines have always been a strong connection between past students and their beloved schools. In choosing to publish online, you can build out a more frequent or customized publishing schedule to increase engagements.
Read more about the benefits of digital publishing for education communities, plus explore the examples we showcased above of digital publications that are building connections to school communities. Now you can join the millions of publishers—including many schools and universities—to start creating and connecting with digital content on Issuu.com.