|by Ken Whytock|
Undoubtedly, effective communication remains an essential part of online instruction. Since all student-teacher interaction takes place virtually, it becomes imperative that teachers use as many Web 2.0 tools as possible not only to individualize instruction, but also to communicate effectively. Unlike the learning environment in a brick-and-mortal school, virtual learning requires from the instructor a high level of responsiveness when communicating with both students and parents. Emails and phone calls should be returned within 24 hours to provide students the assistance that they need. Also, parents' inquiries should be addressed immediately in order to give them a stronger sense of connection and involvement in their child's education.
An example of an ongoing communication that could be sent to all stakeholders.