Netiquette refers to the rules of behavior that should be observed by instructors and students when communicating on the Internet and in online courses. It is important that instructors of an online course establish netiquette guidelines for their students in order to create a safe environment conducive to learning. Developing ground rules for how students should communicate online can help set expectations for student conduct and can also proactively prevent inappropriate behavior in learner-to-learner interactions. Communicating and modeling these guidelines can result in increased instructor presence and student participation in the course.
Consider the ten basic rules for netiquette when developing specific guidelines for your course:
It is recommended that instructors post their netiquette policy somewhere in their online course or syllabus, and it is not uncommon for instructors to ask their students to review and agree to the rules before participating in any discussions, group projects or assignments.
Some example netiquette guidelines that you might use in your course include:
Information adapted from: Stavredes, T. (2011). Effective online teaching: Foundations and strategies for student success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
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