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Establishing Your Course Netiquette

Network etiquette, or "netiquette" refers to a set of guidelines for student's online communication. It is important to establish some netiquette guidelines so students are aware of your expectations. Your netiquette guidelines may include:

  • Appropriate use of language and tone
  • Your expectations for grammar, puncutation, text fonts and colors
  • Respect and consideration for other students
  • Use of sarcasm, humor, and/or the posting of jokes
  • Issues of privacy and information sharing outside of class

Examples:

A good example of netiquette guidelines from Lake Superior College

http://blogs.lsc.edu/expectations/netiquette-guidelines/

The Core Rules of Netiquette from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea. http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html

A good example netiquette guidelines including email and message board (forum) guideliness from the University of Florida

http://teach.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/NetiquetteGuideforOnlineCourses.pdf

Some Netiquette Guidelines from Wayland Baptist University

http://www.wbu.edu/academics/online_programs/works/netiquette.htm

A handout showing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Students at Wenatchee Valley College

http://www.wvc.edu/directory/departments/distance/netiquette.pdf

Colorado State University's Ground Rules for Online Discussions

http://teaching.colostate.edu/tips/tip.cfm?tipid=128