Big Idea - Be Flexible
As Sharon Miller suggests in her video, teaching online requires careful consideration when corresponding with students. Even though you are not able to see students face-to-face, anyone who has spent time in the classroom knows that no two classes will ever be the same. What works with one group of students may not necessarily work with another.
Hence, no matter what boundaries or guidelines you provide for students with respect to communication, a certain degree of flexibility will sometimes be necessary.
Depending on what level you teach, the demographic of your online students may range in terms of their age, location, culture, and reasons why they are taking the course. Other considerations to take into account are the learning styles of your students, multiple intelligences and students with disabilities.
A degree of flexibility in your instruction ensures you are more likely to meet the needs of all your students.