Changing how we communicate: Creating and distributing regular newsletters using an ePortfolio platform

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Maintaining regular communication across large institutions can be demanding and ineffective. At a Western Australian university, past attempts at using newsletters have been unsuccessful for two significant reasons. Firstly, a sustainable newsletter needs a champion responsible for solving logistical issues. Also, it requires commitment to developing a newsletter that engages with the specific needs of the community. A School of Education newsletter, created using an ePortfolio platform, is overcoming these challenges. The newsletter regularly communicates news and events. However, this platform is demonstrating potential to facilitate a vibrant and interactive learning community. Staff members are encouraged to use the newsletter to share professional successes, initiate important discussions among staff, and to create a collaborative space. The growing community has a clear and supportive leadership, which has contributed to its sustainability. This presentation explores the process of creating an ePortfolio newsletter, and its potential to sustain professional learning communities.

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    1. 1. Edith Cowan University School of Education Changing how we communicate: Creating and distributing regular newsletters using an ePortfolio platform Julia Morris Edith Cowan University
    2. 2. Edith Cowan University School of Education Success requires… • A champion: – Someone who takes logistical control of the newsletter (day-to-day organisation) – Someone who is a point of contact for staff (a ‘face’ for the newsletter)
    3. 3. Edith Cowan University School of Education Success requires… • Engagement with the needs of the community: – Purposeful news – Timely – Interesting – Short & sweet delivery (none of us have time…)
    4. 4. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 1 Email Link to newsletter sent via email All staff invited to contribute
    5. 5. Edith Cowan University School of Education Viewing the newsletter Ability to look at past issues
    6. 6. Edith Cowan University School of Education Banner for newsletters Contact details for newsletter contributions
    7. 7. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 1 Humble beginnings…
    8. 8. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 2
    9. 9. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 3 By the third edition we found images
    10. 10. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 3 A place to welcome new staff
    11. 11. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 4
    12. 12. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 4 Pleas for help!
    13. 13. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 5 Raising staff awareness of new campaigns and opportunities
    14. 14. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 5
    15. 15. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 6
    16. 16. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 7
    17. 17. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 8 Event details New technology integration update
    18. 18. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 9 Thank you to staff … and acknowledgement of where things need to improve!
    19. 19. Edith Cowan University School of Education Newsletter 10 Professional development opportunities
    20. 20. Edith Cowan University School of Education Outcomes • Regular communication about: – – – – events, issues, achievements, and successes in the School of Education • Achieved by: – good leadership (Head of School and Assistant) – easy to use software that streamlines approach – targeting needs of community through staff inclusion

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