For the University of Alabama, I am an instructor of record for some of the online courses for the Religious Studies department. One way to engage with the students is to have them add an avatar that represents themselves after they have completed an assignment. I also add an avatar to my emails and announcements to engage with the students as well. I use the application Bitmoji to create my digital avatar. This blog will show you how to create your own Bitmoji and add it to your computer.
To start, you will want to go to your smartphone and download the app Bitmoji. Once you open up the app, you will want to create an account with an email. Once you log in, you can customize your avatar to look like whatever you would like. Once done, you now have a digital avatar that can have captions or not, but there are hundreds of ways to use the avatar. I use my avatar to engage with my students by adding them to my announcements and emails. This is what my avatar looks like.
Once you have finished setting up your avatar on the app, you will go to bitmoji.com. It will take you to a page that looks like this:
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the icon that says Bitmoji for Chrome.
It will take you to the Chrome web store. You will click on add to Chrome.
Once it is added, you will log into the account that you set up on your phone.
To add Bitmoji to your Chrome browser, you click on the little puzzle piece icon on your chrome web bar. It will pull down all the extensions available for your browser and click on the small pin next to Bitmoji. This will allow easy access to your avatar!
Now click on the Bitmoji icon, and you can type into the search bar to look up an activity for your Bitmoji to be doing. Drag your mouse over the Bitmoji action you want and grab it. You can now add your Bitmoji to the word document.
You now have a digital avatar you can use to engage with your students in your digital classroom!