Lesson 12: Netiquette

Netiquette is a combination of Internet and etiquette. Basically, it describes things you should and shouldn't do while communicating online. This is especially important in a classroom environment. Here are some examples:

  • Don't capitalize all letters while posting a thought or emailing someone. THIS IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING, AND IT IMPLIES THAT YOU ARE ANGRY. Capitalize words only to highlight an important point or to distinguish a title or heading.
  • Never use profanity or make hurtful comments toward someone or when referring to someone's work. This is considered flaming.
  • Be careful when using humor or sarcasm; you never know how someone else will interpret it.
  • Be respectful of diverse opinions.
  • Don't post inappropriate pictures, links or comments. Use your good judgment.

A simple rule to follow is to communicate with people in the same manner you want them to communicate with you; that is, in a friendly, respectful way. Also, it is helpful to think of your classes as preparation for your professional life. Learning to communicate clearly and effectively is critical in the professional setting. Practicing here will be incredibly helpful.