What does Netiquette mean?
Netiquette is the correct or acceptable way of communicating on the Internet.
Here are few do's and don'ts about general communication in your online/hybrid courses.
- Always use your instructors' proper title: Dr., Mrs, Mr., Ms.. Unless specifically invited do not refer to them by first name.
- Be prepared for some delays in response time, as "virtual" communication tends to be slower than "face-to-face" communication.
- Contact the instructor if you feel that inappropriate email has been exchanged within the online course.
- Check the syllabus and course policies stated by your instructor to know what to expect about your instructor's turnaround time for responding.
- Ask questions and engage in conversations as often as possible—feel free to contact the instructor according to their preferred method of contact.
- Be patient and respectful of others and their ideas and opinions they post online.
- Be courteous and precise, and avoiding cyber-bullying.
- Obey copyright laws
- Use inappropriate language—this includes, but is not limited to, the use of curse words, swearing, or terms that imply inappropriate things.
- Post inappropriate materials—for example, accidentally posting/showing a picture of a nude person or something to that affect would result in great consequences.
- Post in ALL CAPS, as this is perceived as shouting
- Do not overuse emoticons.
- Avoid abbreviations and informal language such as "I'll C U L8R".
- Send heated messages even if you are provoked. Likewise, if you should happen to receive a heated message, do not respond to it.
- Send an email to the entire class, unless you feel that everyone must read it.
When posting on the Discussion Board in your online class, you should:
- Make posts that are on topic and within the scope of the course material
- Take your posts seriously and review and edit your posts before sending
- Be as brief as possible while still making a thorough comment
- Always give proper credit when referencing or quoting another source
- Be sure to read all messages in a thread before replying
- Don’t repeat someone else’s post without adding something of your own to it
- Avoid short, generic replies such as, “I agree.” You should include why you agree or add to the previous point
- Always be respectful of others’ opinions even when they differ from your own
- When you disagree with someone, you should express your differing opinion in a respectful, non-critical way
- Do not make personal or insulting remarks
- Be open-minded