Communicating in the Online Classroom
There are certain rules for polite behavior that are
necessary to be involved in any kind of basic discussion on a discussion
board, whether it is an assignment or simply an e-mail to a fellow student.
All students in online classes should follow these rules of
etiquette, or as they are sometimes called,
Failing to do so may harm your grade or even result in your removal from an
Do not type a message using all capital letters, as online this
is the same as if you were shouting at the person face-to-face.
NOTICE HOW ANNOYING IT IS WHEN SOMETHING IS WRITTEN ENTIRELY IN
Remember that what you post is in the public domain
and can be seen by your instructor, your classmates and potentially many
others as well. Be careful in regard to
how and what you present to your fellow learners in all of your discussion
posts, papers and presentations. Do not use offensive language or post inappropriate photos or graphics. When
you are a student you represent your college and your classmates. Do not
embarrass them or yourself.
- Be careful to give credit to whomever or
wherever you obtained your
ideas for your posts, assignments and presentations. Cite your source(s), using
quotations marks and a URL (website) or person's name. Failing to do so
and, in extreme cases, could even result in you being expelled from Chabot
offers detailed information on how to cite sources and avoid plagiarism.
- Use proper grammar and check your spelling. Blackboard's discussion
board has a spell-checker, so take advantage of it. The whole class may be
reading your writing, so make sure it's work of which you're proud.
The Core Rules of Netiquette
10 Rules of Communicating Online
and Abbreviations in Discussions
Yes, it's OK to use smiley faces and LOL in most online classes. Here are the