Online class etiquette: Why is it important?

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Etiquette is a set of rules that help you be polite to others. Examples of social etiquette are coming to an appointment on time, speaking quietly, or dressing for the occasion.

Netiquette is etiquette when online. It tells us to act with courtesy. Netiquette helps create a safe and respectful environment. It also prevents miscommunication. This is important since we cannot see a lot of body language online.

Some basic netiquette to follow:

  1. Start with a greeting

    Say hello to everyone.

  2. Stay focused

    • Don’t make noise or distract others. If you can’t prevent background noise, stay muted.
    • Listen to others and wait for your turn to speak.
    • Answer when asked a question.
    • Use chat if you can’t turn your mic on or if somebody else is speaking.
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  4. Don’t shout

    It’s rude to use all capital letters when writing. Use emoticons to show emotions. Be polite when posting on a community chat. If you’re sending a message to a specific person, you can use “@ + user name”.

  5. Don’t be too casual

    Online classes are relaxed, but remember that it’s still a class. Be mindful of what you wear and your background. If you don’t want people to see your home, ask your instructor if it’s okay not to turn your camera on, or use a Skype or Zoom background.

  6. Ask for help

    If you’re having trouble, tell your instructor right away. You can use chat, email, or phone calls.

Read Simple principles of proper netiquette to know more rules of netiquette.

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