Netiquette, or network etiquette, refers to the guidelines and recommended practices for online communications. In a nutshell, it is the etiquette for the Internet, and should be used in all areas of communication in your class: email, chatting, blogging, discussion forums, messages, etc.
While this is an online course, students must still adhere to UNR’s student conduct requirements, and all students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful and upholds a supportive, mutually beneficial learning environment.
Netiquette provides excellent guidelines for online behavior that facilitates the productive and thoughtful exchange of ideas. Some of the basic tenets of netiquette include:
- Be respectful. Remember that you are communicating with actual people, and be sure to be courteous and show respect, even if there are differences of opinion. Remember the golden rule: treat others as you’d like to be treated!
- Think before you post. Be aware of who may be able to view your posting, and how your post may be interpreted. Try to maintain a fair and objective tone.
- Stay on topic. Make sure your communication is related to the subject at hand and does not wander off-topic.
- Write clearly. Even though the online environment may seem more informal than your face-to-face class, this is still an academic course and intelligible, mature communication is expected. Correct spelling and grammar are required, and proper sentence structure and punctuation should be used.
- Use appropriate language and style. Profanity or offensive wording will not be tolerated. ALL CAPS and repeated punctuation (???? or !!!!) should also be avoided.
- Be considerate of others. Do not make derogatory, condescending, or harassing remarks. Communication should be well-intentioned and well-articulated, and aimed at fostering a positive learning environment. Be aware of how sarcasm may be misinterpreted by your readers.
- Allow for misunderstandings. Keep in mind that writing can often convey the incorrect tone or intention in the absence of nonverbal communication, and make allowances for unintended rudeness.
- Cite your sources. If you post work that is not your own, be sure to reference your sources.
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