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By: Margo Ensz on June 19th, 2014

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"Netiquette" Rules Roundup

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Last Wednesday, June 11, Educational Technology published a brief article titled "15 Essential Netiquette Guidelines to Share with Your Students." It caught our eye right away as it featured a graphic that is similar to one of our most popular poster templates. It also included a thorough infographic from Touro College's Online Education Department. This sort of in-depth infographic would be great to send to your students before launching any sort of online-based learning community such as a message board or online forum.

We also see the value in displaying a large poster like this VariQuest template reminding students of basic etiquette before texting, posting, tweeting, etc. THINK: Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

Here is a quick round-up of these 15 netiquette rules written by Educational Technology (click here for the full article and infographic):

  • Before posting your question to a discussion board, check if anyone has asked it already and received a reply.
  • Stay on topic. Don't post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts or pictures.
  • Don't type in ALL CAPS! If you do it will look like you are screaming.
  • Don't write anything that sounds angry or sarcastic even as a joke, because without hearing your tone of voice, your peers might not realize you're joking.
  • Always remember to say"please" and "thank you" when soliciting help from your classmates.
  • Respect the opinion of your classmates. If you feel the need to disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points in your classmate's argument. If you reply to a question from a classmate, make sure your answer is accurate!
  • If you ask questions , many people respond. Summarize all answers and post that summary to benefit your whole class.
  • Be brief. If you write a long dissertation in response to a simple question, it's unlikely that anyone will spend the time to read through it all.
  • Don't badmouth others or call them stupid. You may disagree with their ideas but don't mock the person.
  • If you refer to something your classmate said earlier in the discussion, quote just a few key lines from their post so that others won't have to go back and figure out which post you're referring to.
  • Before asking a question, check the class FAQs or search the Internet to see if the answer is obvious or easy to find.
  • Check the most recent comments before you reply to an older comment.
  • Be forgiving. If your classmate makes a mistake, don't badger him or her for it. Just let it go.
  • Run a spelling and grammar check before posting anything to the discussion board.
How do you communicate proper "netiquette" guidelines to your students? Let us know in the comments!