EdTech 521: Netiquette Rules

What is Netiquette?

  • Netiquette is a proper way of relating to other people online. It involves respecting one another, and treating people as human beings deserve to be treated even though communication is not happening face to face.
  • Different types of online interactions call for different rules. Be sure your behavior matches your online environment.


General rules for all class communication:

  • Always be respectful of other students, your instructor, and their ideas. If you disagree, it is okay, but find a respectful way to share your feelings. Any “put downs” or negative comments towards others will not be tolerated.
  • Be very careful about using sarcasm. It is important to remember that your audience cannot hear your tone of voice or see your facial expressions through online communication. Always take this into consideration.
  • Do not type in all caps as this is equivalent to shouting, which is not acceptable in the academic environment.
  • Actively engage in discussion. Silently observing in an online setting does little to benefit your fellow classmates.
  • When providing evidence during class discussion it is helpful to provide links to sources of information to allows others to view the material and form their own opinions.


Guidelines for Email:

  • Emails should be clear and concise.
  • Subject lines should be used to indicate the purpose of the email in order to help the reader.
  • Reply all, only if everyone in the group needs to read your reply. Reply directly to those you are having a side conversation with.


Guidelines for Discussion Boards:

  • Students should strive to use correct grammar and punctuation in their academic writing on discussion boards. Invented spellings are not acceptable.
  • Forum posts are typically more formal interactions and should be treated as such.
  • Forum posts are read by entire communities of people. Be sure you are comfortable having anyone read what you write in theses posts; represent yourself well.


Guidelines for Chats or Instant Messages:

  • Emoticons may be used sparingly in informal online communication. The use of emoticons is encouraged if they bring clarity to the tone of the conversation and contribute to building up the online community.
  • Less emphasis will be placed on spelling, grammar, and punctuation in online chats to allow for the free flow of conversation.
  • Name calling, put downs (even light-hearted ones), are not acceptable at school or in an online chat.


Group Members: Brittni Darrington, Sean Kass, Tony Farley, and Scott Fledderjohann


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