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Student Achievement Outreach

Online Etiquette

Getting the most out of online class requires all students participate and do so with respect and courtesy. Often, online classes are more work than in-person classes because they rely on all students reading the material and actively engaging on a frequent basis. A simple google search for “e-learning etiquette” or “online learning rules” can provide many humorous and applicable guidelines for online class behavior, but here are a few things we want every student to know:

  • Post on time and check in often! Students who frequently check in on the class, read new posts, and post often are the most successful. This also helps other students. Don’t forget to reply to individuals who reply to you.
  • When introducing yourself, include an appropriate picture of you. Students are often more willing to engage when they have a sense of who they are speaking to.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling and take the time to reread what you wrote. Do not use texting shorthand. Writing your discussion posts in a word processor and then copying and pasting your work into the discussion board will help with this. Plus, you can save a copy of all of your discussion posts to review later.
  • Check with your instructor to see which citation method your course uses and ask if you are required to use it in your discussion board postings.
  • Be respectful of other people. Sometimes, people feel as though the online environment gives a sense of anonymity and that they can say whatever they want. This is not true. You are expected to engage students and faculty with courtesy and respect towards their ideas.
  • Remember that tone is difficult to communicate in the written form and that this is an academic environment.


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