Online Etiquette

To be effective an online classroom we must create a safe space where everyone feels their voices will be respected, supported and heard. Establishing clear guidelines for online interactions is a critical step in creating a forum that will be successful. We will create a stronger online worldwide community as a result of establishing and maintaining a safe and respectful environment.

To Create and Maintain a Safe, Respectful and Reflective Space:

Avoid slang, jargon and textspeak. Not necessary and not respectful. This learning community is an online community that represents an Educational Community and you must conduct yourself accordingly. If you choose to use an occasional =D or LOL that is acceptable. But this is nt da plase 4 txt spk. It is difficult for others to follow your thoughts if you use slang, jargon or textspeak.

Do not use all caps when writing. It is interpreted as yelling.

Keep safe. Never post your personal information or information about someone else. Keep things like ages, addresses and phone numbers off the Internet.

Remember that information posted on the Internet, stays on the Internet – especially embarrassing information, may still be around after you’ve deleted it. Be careful not to post things that may come back to haunt you later. The internet is written in indelible marker (like a Sharpie).

Cite your sources and give credit for ideas and someone else’s material. Try to use creative commons material. Always give credit or cite your source.

Don’t post pictures of other people without their permission. Ask to post their photos, pictures or pieces of writing. Never use first and last names of people that could identify them in a photo or video. (This includes tagging in Facebook.)  Ask first.

Be nice. It is important to remember that sarcasm hurts. It is most often misunderstood when typed in a message which is then posted on the Internet. You may think you’re funny when you write something rude or silly, but it can be extremely hurtful to read. Negative words hurt worse when said by someone you thought was your friend. So, friendly and be positive. Remember … treat others as you would like to be treated.

Proofread your work. Use spell check and even ask a friend to read your work.

Do not present your personal opinions as fact. Back up your ideas with information to strengthen your statements. Don’t just tell; show.

We must follow these guidelines to make the most of our online time together.

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