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The following is a list of etiquette rules that should be considered before participating in online communications. When conducted properly, online communications should be no less in terms of quality and consideration than that which is exchanged in face-to-face or printed communications.

  • Use correct spelling and grammar.
  • Be respectful to others.
  • Maintain a positive tone.
  • Critically evaluate other student’s responses. That is your job as a college student.
  • Do not respond to personal attacks. Do not respond to comments emotionally. Be respectful of others. If there are difficulties, report them to your professor immediately.
  • Remember that everything you write becomes a record on the server, available for review at a later date.
  • Be brief and respectful of your classmates and instructor’s time.
  • Keep personal information private. Respect the privacy of your classmates.
  • Do not type in all capital letters. Writing in all caps is the equivalent of shouting.
  • Be careful with humor; it may be misunderstood. Humor doesn’t always translate well in electronic communications.
  • Read all posts very carefully to make sure you understand what is being said. If you skim messages, you may miss an important point.
  • Ask classmates for clarification if you find a discussion post offensive or difficult to understand.
  • Use standard written English. Avoid acronyms like LOL, BFF, etc., emoticons (smilies), profanity, slang, or abbreviations.
  • Make sure that your posts are relevant, clear, and organized.
  • Review your work before you post it for proper grammar and punctuation as well as content. Proofread for errors.
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