There are many highly effective methods of communicating with stakeholders, and I will identify two within this post. The first is a Newsletter that I use biweekly made at smore.com and the second is an email that I send weekly to my students at the end of each week.
Ongoing communication is important in education no matter what but it is especially essential in the online classroom. We don't get to see our students each day and look them in the eyes. When there are questions and students don't ask them, doubts remain. How will we find them if we do not establish and maintain positive ongoing communication? The newsletter is different from mandatory communications in a few different ways. One important way is that it is constantly available to the students in the same place. As long as the teacher keeps the Newsletter updated, the students don't have to reach out and then wait for a response; they can simply access the site where the Newsletter is available and find the answer they are looking for. I established the weekly reflection so that students would look back
over their study habits and decide what they did well and what they could improve on. This is additional- not simply a required communication due to failing grades, etc.- but it is help support the students in their behaviors and help them work to improve. Many times the mandatory communications are due to negative actions; both of these types of communications are positive and based on positive support.