Student: What is "Netiquette"?
You will learn about "netiquette" and how the basic rules of appropriate online behavior are an essential requirement for building a community of online learners within a given course.
The term Netiquette basically covers which behaviors are considered socially polite in an online/internet/social network situation. Politeness when interacting with an instructor and fellow students is essential to avoiding miscommunications, misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
1. Remember the human.
Before writing a rash response to someone, put yourself in the other person's shoes. Would you be offended if you were to receive such a post, email, or message?
The receiver of your message only has the text (in a text message) or text (and maybe images/video) in a discussion forum post. They do not see your body language or facial expressions to help them interpret your meaning (unless you are communicating via Skype, Facetime, or other video medium). In everyday communications, non-verbal language (body, facial) may account for a significant portion of our communication of meaning.
Remember, any message you send can be saved or forwarded by the recipient. Once, you send an email or submit a forum post, you have no control over where it goes from there.
2. Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life.
3. Know where you are in cyberspace.
4. Respect other people's time.
5. Make yourself look good online.
Within discussion forums and in online courses, you are judged not by how you look but by what you write. So, take the time to proof read your comments before you post them. Know what you are talking about and make sense.
Using language appropriate to the classroom is also appropriate for an online course. Discussions should remain academic in nature.
6. Share expert knowledge.
Part of the beauty of the internet is that users can readily share their knowledge and experience with each other. So in an online course, you can work together with your classmates and teacher to build a community of learning to the benefit of all. If a classmate has a question which you can answer, please join in and share.
7. Help keep flame wars under control.
8. Respect other people's privacy.
9. Don't abuse your power.
10. Be forgiving of other people's mistakes.
You have now learned some basics about Netiquette - proper social behavior in your online course.
To learn more about Etiquette in technology, such as Cell phone etiquette and SMS language see wikipedia.org.