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Brewster Online Roles & Responsibilities

In every challenge, there is opportunity. Brewster Online will provide numerous opportunities for students and teachers to develop new skills and a learn in new ways. In order to ensure that the shift to online learning is successful for all students, we've developed some operating principles and guidelines.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be present synchronously and asynchronously and actively contribute to each class.
  • To join one synchronous TOUCHSTONE block per class per week (this is required).
  • To proactively ask questions and seek help from teachers.
  • To use school email to communicate with teachers and always respond within 24 hours.
  • To respond to calendar invitations and take personal responsibility for being present and actively participating.
  • To be prepared for each class -- dressed appropriately, with materials, in a quiet workstation.
  • To be respectful to peers and teachers at all times.
  • To follow guidelines and expectations that teachers provide for online learning.
  • To share assignments as directed by the teachers.
  • To have headphones for all synchronous meetings.

Remember that we are all in this together and here to help one another! 

Parent Responsibilities

  • To partner with us in a productive manner by asking questions, seeking clarification, and helping to ease the transition to Brewster Online by troubleshooting issues.
  • To provide a quiet workstation for each student. This is essential for all synchronous class meetings.
  • To help ensure the safety and well-being of any student using online learning. Remind your children that the rules of online engagement are in effect: no bullying, videotaping anyone without their permission, abusive or foul language, etc.
  • To maintain a positive and open line of communication with your child's Advisor and Team Leader.
  • To remind students to be cognizant of microphones and video cameras being on during group meetings and to make sure students are dressed appropriately for video interactions. 

We also suggest helping your child set and keep a regular schedule and set aside time for exercise and fun!


Key Terms

Asynchronous: Class interactions happen via a Learning Management System (like Moodle, Google Classroom, or Canvas) without real-time interaction. Students engage in class materials and complete work at their own pace, typically within a given timeframe, often using discussion boards to drive peer-to-peer engagement.

Synchronous: Class interactions happen in real time, at the same time. Students may virtually attend class together via video conference, livestream, or chat. We have Zoom for synchronous meetings. Most online courses are a blend of synchronous contact and asynchronous study/work. 

Touchstone class: This is a time to connect with your teachers and peers in a synchronous manner via Zoom. Each class has two Touchstone meetings scheduled for each week. However, students are only required to attend one Touchstone Class per week.

Screencast: A digital video recording of your computer screen, usually including audio narration. Screencasts are a form of instructional video or a way to give visual and audio feedback to students. Quicktime is an easy to use tool already installed on your machines, while Screencastify is a simple browser extension that offers similar functionality.

Video Conference: A virtual meeting in which participants in different locations are able to communicate with each other with audio and video.