Course Netiquette Guidelines, Excerpted from The Net: User Guidelines and Netiquette By Arlene H.

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Check E-mail daily and remain within your limited disk quota. Delete unwanted messages immediately since they take up disk storage. Keep messages remaining in your electronic mailbox to a minimum. Mail messages can be downloaded or extracted to files then to disks for future reference. Never assume that your E-mail can be read by no one except yourself; others may be able to read or access your mail. Never send or keep anything that you would mind seeing on the evening news. Routinely and frequently virus-scan your system, especially when receiving or downloading files from other systems to prevent the spread of a virus.

II. ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS: Course Email, Blogs and Discussion Boards
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Keep paragraphs and messages short and to the point. Focus on one subject per message and always include a pertinent subject title for the message; that way the user can locate the message quickly. When quoting another person, edit out whatever isn't directly applicable to your reply. Nobody likes reading a long message in quotes, for the third or fourth time, only to be followed by a one line response: "Yeah, me too." Keep your questions and comments relevant to the focus of the discussion group. If another person posts a comment or question that is off the subject, do not reply to the list and keep the off- subject conversation going publicly. When someone posts an off-subject note, and someone else criticizes that posting, you should not submit a gratuitous note saying "well, I liked it and lots of people probably did as well and you guys ought to lighten up and not tell us to stick to the subject." Use discretion when forwarding a long mail message to group addresses or distribution lists. It's preferable to reference the source of a document and provide instructions on how to obtain a copy. Capitalizing whole words that are not titles is generally termed SHOUTING! Avoid it.

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Be professional and careful what you say about others. Email is easily forwarded. It is considered extremely rude to forward personal email without the original author's permission. Be careful when using sarcasm and humor. Without face to face communications, your joke may be viewed as criticism. Messages that are filled with acronyms can be confusing and annoying to the reader. Resist the temptation to "flame" others on the list. Remember that these discussions are "public" and meant for constructive exchanges. Treat the others on the list as you would want them to treat you. Unless a question you post is meant to be shared with the whole discussion group, as mandated by the assignment, request that responses be directed to you personally. Cite all quotes, references and sources, and respect copyright and license agreements. Don't use the academic networks for commercial purposes. (c) Arlene H. Rinaldi. 2006.

A Few Additions from Your Instructor: Remember Your Purpose in Communicating: Every course communication you engage in- be it via E-Mail, a discussion board, a blog, or a paper you prepared- is for formal academic purposes and will be graded as such. You are thus expected to carefully proofread your work, and polish your ideas and their presentation, before you share it. Think before you type, and proofread before you post. Adhere to the rules of grammar, usage, punctuation, capitalization, and documentation-just as you would in a traditional classroom setting. Be respectful of your audience, and immediately address all violations of course protocols to your instructor. Violating any of the course guidelines and protocols may lead to a student being withdrawn from the course.

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