Tips for Online Success and Online Course "Netiquette"

Please click and review the Tips for Online Success. Online courses require a great deal of time management and discipline and are therefore more difficult that traditional classroom courses. 

In addition, click and review the Core Rules of Netiquette web page for expected behavior in an online learning environment. Other expectations may be express in the course syllabus.

Proper "netiquette" enables students to be professional while communicating online with faculty and with other students. Consider the following values during online discussions and when corresponding to the professor and fellow students via email/discussions:

Student-to-Student Netiquette  

  • Timeliness: Monitor course activity and respond to communications from your classmates and faculty in a timely manner.

  • Confidentiality: When discussing topics, be sure to be discreet about how you discuss children, teachers, and aides in the classroom. Do not use names of people or names of facilities.

  • Formatting: As a rule, please do not use all caps in your emails or discussions. It is considered unprofessional and is hard to read. Also, please use standard capitalization and punctuation in all course communications.Sign your name on all emails. 

  • Value: Recognize and value the experiences, abilities, and knowledge each person brings to class. Value the diversity of the class.

  • Language tone: The absence of face-to-face interaction increases the likelihood of misinterpretation. Avoid using offensive language, excessive exclamation points, all caps, humor and sarcasm, acronyms, emoticons, and slang.

  • Respect: Each student’s viewpoint is valued as an opinion. When responding to a person during online discussions, be sure to state an opposing opinion in a diplomatic way. Disagree with ideas, but do not make personal attacks. Be careful what you write because you cannot use body language or tone of voice when trying to convey ideas, intent, or thoughts.

  • Brevity: Be concise when contributing to a discussion. Online courses require a lot of reading; therefore, your points may be missed if hidden in a flood of text.

  • Read and proofread: Read all discussions before you post a comment, so you do not repeat information. Proofread and spell check all messages before you send them.

Student-to-Professor Netiquette           

In addition to the above values, you are expected to respond to communications from your professor in a timely manner. Any emergencies that arise due to illness, death, etc. should be reported to the professor as quickly as possible.

Professor-to-Student Netiquette

The professor will also follow the values listed above by checking and responding to emails and grading your assignments in a timely manner. Specifically, the course Blackboard website will be checked periodically, and any emails will be answered during those times. Assignments will be graded within a reasonable time after the posted deadline for each assignment (or after the assignments are actually received).

Assignments and assessments submitted after the deadlines outlined in the course syllabus will result in a zero grade. It is of the professor’s discretion if provisions will be made for individuals who have experienced unforeseen emergencies, but they must be reported as soon as possible after the event happens and production of proper documentation may be required.