Newsletters.

Newsletters that are created for the stakeholders need to have all of the information needed and be presentable, appealing, precise and straight to the point. Here is an example of a simple newsletter: https://www.smore.com/guj5s

My newsletter would have more imagery and be more appealing but this one represents straight to the point and simplicity.

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As an online instructor I will keep a website with all news and happenings in my online course. I will include reminders, dates, encouraging notes for students that may be feeling the pressure of school and due dates. The news will be appealing for everyone with images but not too overwhelming as to deviate from the real purpose of the news.

Here is a link to my current school website in which I have blogs under each subject.

http://www.williston.k12.sc.us/olc/teacher.aspx?s=89

Ongoing communication.

Ongoing communication with all stakeholders is very important to maintain good relationships with everyone involved in the online learning community such as the parents and the students. 

It is important that communication is maintained through a weekly newsletter in which general points are mentioned of upcoming events for the following week. Also in this newsletter as in mass emails you can include due dates, important readings that need to be read by a certain date, important messages for the parents as well as good news. It does not have to be long but enough information should be given. 

Communication Guidelines

Communication is vital to establish a good rapport with the students and parents and to have a good working parent teacher working relationship. 

1. Welcome email- always send the parents a welcome email introducing yourself. In that email you should include contact information such as email and phone number and office hours if applicable. Also this email can be modified to accommodate your stakeholders.

2. Mass emails- send mass emails to remind students of upcoming due dates for projects, tests and quizzes. Mass emails can also be a great way to keep up with news and happenings for your class and to keep all stakeholders in the loop about everything that is going on.

3. Personal communication- a periodic phone call home is always a good idea to maintain rapport with the parents just in case you have to call parents with bad news about their student’s progress in the class. The communication with the parents is a lot easier with the parents than if you were to wait and just call with bad news instead.

4. Communication Log- maintain a log in which every call or email is documented and whether contact was made or not.

5. School Policies- follow all rules set forth by GAVS to contact parents and students and make sure that you follow email guidelines set forth by GAVS and your administrator.

All communication should be kept professional even the other party does not.  

Identify stakeholders in online learning.

There are several parties involved in an online learning community, the students, the parents, the teachers, the support staff and the administrative staff. They all have a role to play in online learning. The students learn from the teachers that prepare the material of that given subject, the parents foresee the learning and educational value of what the students are learning. The support staff provide technical support to the platforms the teachers are using to provide the material for the students and the parents. The administrative staff provide supervision and support when needed for the teachers, the parents and the students. 

I believe that this are the most important stakeholders in an online learning community and each party represents an important part in a learning environment.