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This guide is meant to introduce you to an essential aspect of the online learning experience—netiquette or etiquette on the internet. Netiquette is essential for students to understand because course participation is documented by students’ postings on course discussion boards, online chat rooms, and other virtual spaces. These spaces must maintain an academic atmosphere and, therefore, students should learn how to write and behave online in a manner consistent with academic excellence.
Whether you are new to online learning, completed online course work in the past, or have experience posting in online discussion boards, review this guide carefully and thoroughly before posting.
Remember that the online classroom is still a classroom and it is used to foster a positive learning environment for everyone. Treat others how you want to be treated. Be kind, be patient, have compassion. We are all adults who want to do our best. How a person behaves online reflects one’s willingness to learn, seriousness, and motivation both as a student and as an individual.
As mentioned on the introduction, netiquette is etiquette on the internet. Several points are valuable to keep in mind when posting on course discussion boards.
Below is a list of dos and don’ts applicable to course discussion boards and other aspects of the virtual course environment.
Under no circumstances, start or contribute to flame wars or flame other students or the instructor. Flame wars are disruptive posts often revolving around two or more individuals. The posts may contain anger, resentment, incivility, personal attacks, or a combination thereof. Flame wars disrupt the learning process and may make other students uncomfortable. If other persons start a flame war on a discussion board ,do not reply or post on the topic.
The content posted by students on course discussion boards, chat rooms, blogs, and wikis is used by instructors to determine the level at which a student is achieving and how serious the student is towards their studies. Make every opportunity to give an excellent impression and follow the standards of netiquette as applicable to an academic setting explained above.
The above guide, updated March 20, 2020, is adapted from the CUNY School of Professional Studies Catalog and Student Handbook.