ONLINE CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT, OR “NETIQUETTE”
IN ONLINE COURSES, SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS WHICH YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH. BE OBJECTIVE AND RESPECTFUL WHEN RESPONDING TO DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW. WORKING ONLINE MAY MAKE COMMUNICATION MORE DIFFICULT SINCE YOU DON’T SEE EACH OTHER’S BODY LANGUAGE.
Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism.
It is important not to take disagreement personally.
Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally.
An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened.
Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness, which does not promote learning.
You can see more about core rules of netiquette at http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor.