As part of this online course, you will be interacting with a diverse group of faculty and students. All online communications should follow the rules of Netiquette that govern the Internet:
- Use short, descriptive subject lines for e-mail messages and discussion forum posts.
- Limit comments to one subject per e-mail or discussion post.
- When in a discussion forum, stay on topic. Start a new discussion when appropriate.
- Proofread your work! E-mail and discussion posts are written communications and should contain correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- AVOID USING ALL CAPS; IT'S EQUIVALENT TO SHOUTING (and it's hard to read).
- Use professional language. Avoid slang and text acronyms and never use vulgar or inappropriate language.
- Be courteous and respectful in all of your course communications.
- A poorly worded note can be easily misunderstood or misconstrued. Remember, recipients can't see your body language or the expression on your face, nor can they hear the intonation in your voice. If you suspect that something you've written might be taken the wrong way, it probably will.
- Your classmates come from all over the country and the world. Remember that language, humor, and idioms are not universal. Be especially careful with sarcasm.