Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Your instructor and fellow students wish to foster a safe online learning environment. All opinions and experiences, no matter how different or controversial they may be perceived, must be respected in the tolerant spirit of academic discourse. You are encouraged to comment, question, or critique an idea but you are not to attack an individual. Working as a community of learners, we can build a polite and respectful course community.
The following netiquette tips will enhance the learning experience for everyone in the course:
● Do not dominate any discussion.
● Give other students the opportunity to join in the discussion.
● Do not use offensive language. Present ideas appropriately.
● Be cautious in using Internet language. For example, do not capitalize all letters since this suggests shouting.
● Popular emoticons such as ☺ or / can be helpful to convey your tone but do not overdo or overuse them.
● Avoid using vernacular and/or slang language. This could possibly lead to misinterpretation.
● Never make fun of someone’s ability to read or write.
● Share tips with other students.
● Keep an “open-mind” and be willing to express even your minority opinion. Minority opinions have to be respected.
● Think and edit before you push the “Send” button.
● Do not hesitate to ask for feedback.
● Using humor is acceptable.
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