Follow these rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online learning environment.
1. NO YELLING, PLEASE
PLEASE DON’T TYPE ALL IN CAPITALS. Most readers will see this as shouting. If you have trouble seeing the text, adjust how your text displays so you can still see without coming across as angry.
2. Sarcasm and jokes can be misunderstood
What may seem like an obvious joke to you could come across as rude to those who don’t know you personally. .
3. Be clear.
Being misunderstood is quite common online. Check that you are clear. The best way to test this is to read your comments out aloud to see if they make sense before you send them.
4. Take care over spelling and grammar
Always make an effort to use proper punctuation, spelling and grammar to make your writing easy to read.
However, it is important to be reasonable about others’ grammar mistakes. Scolding a classmate because he or she used “your” instead of “you’re” is not good netiquette.
5. Be respectful
It is good netiquette to use respectful greetings and signatures, and “please” and “thank you” as you would use in real life.
6. Think before you type
A comment in class can be forgotten a few minutes later, but what you share in an online classroom is part of a permanent digital record.
Be careful about giving personal information.
Be as respectful to others as if you were sitting in a room together. If you would be comfortable saying your message in front of a class, then it’s most likely okay to share.
7. Recognize and respect diversity.
It is important to respect diversity and opinions different from yours. It is OK to disagree with a point of view, but it is not appropriate to be disrespectful or offensive towards others.
Swearing, or racist, sexist, ageist, or religious comments, are unacceptable, no matter how innocent or “funny” they may sound to you. If you are a victim of an insulting remark, try to keep calm and report the issue directly to your tutor.