Netiquette, part II
How to Live Together in Cyberspace
Basic Internet Rules for Communication
- Emoticons and acronyms: Online communication differs from face-to-face (f2f) communication because you and your receiver don't have all those nonverbal cues available to help with message meaning and tone. These environments (e-mail, chat, bulletin board) allow you to use emoticons or smileys -:) to assist you with nonverbal cues.
Familiarize yourself with those emoticons and acronyms (BTW=by the way; IMHO=in my humble opinion). Use these cues, but don't overuse them!! Emoticons are like exclamation points!! Too many too often cause them to lose their meaning. Imagine how you would look f2f if you were emoting constantly.
- Effective communication: This is even more important in an online environment since your communication will be by writing. Watch your spelling and your sentence construction. Remember, the reader must understand you through the written word. Use the Spell checker. Proofread before you send or attach.
- Participation: This is important in your online environment. Simply accessing and reading your class is not enough. You and your professors need to feel your presence, *hear* your comments, and share in your learning. It is in this mode that a real sense of community evolves in your online class.
- Share your ideas or questions: Taking an online class is a pretty new concept. Not many have had a great deal of experience here, so there are no dumb questions. If someone asks a question, you respond. Others will appreciate your participation.
- Derogatory and inappropriate comments: Your sensitivity to issues of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation are important. It is important for you to exhibit the same principles of respect and professionalism in an virtual classroom as in a traditional classroom. Please report any violations of this sensitivity to your online professor.
- Integrity and honesty: These are positive values to have. Dishonesty, plagiarism, and cheating are violations of ethical student behavior.