Online Guidelines

These guidelines have been developed to highlight appropriate use of Online Technologies (e.g. blogging, wikis, photo and video sharing, etc). The questions in italics have been designed to help you make an appropriate decision. 1. Your behaviour online should be no different from your behaviour in class. Ask yourself: Would you consider your piece of writing, photo or video appropriate for class? 2. Do not share personal information. Ask yourself: Could someone find me (in real life) based on this information? Can someone link your photo and your name? 3. Think before you post. Ask yourself: What could be the consequences of this post? 4. Know your audience. Ask yourself: Who is this post/comment aimed at? 5. Do not post pictures/videos of others without permission. Ask yourself: Are you respecting the privacy of others? Have you posted any names with any photos? 6. Know how to give constructive feedback. Ask yourself: Am I contributing to the discussion and helping others learn and develop? 7. Be respectful. Ask yourself: Am I treating others in the same way I would want to be treated? 8. Use appropriate language and proper grammar and spelling. Ask yourself: Is the message of your post/comment affected by the language you have used? 9. Only post information factual information (no gossiping). Ask yourself: Are you sure what you are saying is true? 10. Cite your sources. Ask yourself: Are you the original creator of work? Commenting Guidelines As a commenter, you will be commenting on other people’s work regularly. Good comments:
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are constructive, but not hurtful; are always related to the content of the post; include personal connections to what the author wrote; answer a question, or add meaningful information to the content topic; use appropriate language and proper spelling and grammar

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