Netiquette Rules and Guidelines for Students

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Online student who may or may not be following netiquette rules.

For students, netiquette isn't just about having an enjoyable online experience. It affects your learning and grades.

  • Students use online forums to discuss courses, compare notes and form study groups.
  • Good online communication helps you and your classmates get better results.
  • Well mannered students are more likely to receive useful info from others.

By following sensible rules and guidelines, everybody benefits – you and those you communicate with.

  • Netiquette and internet ethics set you up to connect effectively with your online student community.
  • Through sharing, you'll learn how to navigate your course (staying on top of deadlines and technology, and understanding what's expected).
  • By seeing different perspectives, you'll also be better able to get on top of difficult subjects more quickly. Collective knowledge usually beats what you learn by yourself.

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11 Responses

  1. Lisa l Pilling
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    When “talking” to people online speaking (writing) should be done as if you were face to face. In today’s world of social media, text messaging, and other internet use, because there is no face to see, people don’t always put their best foot forward. In many cases this can come back to haunt them in the future. For example, in job interviews your behavior in online forums may be seen by the prospective employer. If you have not used proper etiquette you may be passed over for a position.

    In the case of online students, netiquette is even more important. Using netiquette helps to make people know that you are serious about your studies and that you respect them and value their point of view even if you disagree. Respect and tolerance are the basis of etiquette, rather online or face to face.

  2. Karen
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    Etiquette on the Net

    It is always important to have etiquette whether it be at home, school, work or even online. Being courteous and polite is like a magnet that attracts others even though what we are saying may not be truth or what they may agree upon. However just being mannerly gives them the impetus to lend a listening ear.

    We should be taught to respect others views and opinions while not necessarily agreeing with them, in the same way we would want others to respect our views and opinions. Freedom and Democracy should be promoted over the internet especially in forums where discussions are generated for educational purposes. People should be mature and courteous enough to share their views in a respectable manner without at the same time infringing others rights to freedom of expression online.

  3. Joseph Quiambao
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    Discussion and Not Exposition

    I am a student of University of the Philippines Open University since 2014 and one thing I have learned as a student which is very valuable when it comes to discussion forums is to engage and stimulate discussion rather than exposition.

    There is nothing wrong to commend other’s point of view as well as pointing out your own point of view or disagreement by asking proper questions to elicit valuable discussion rather than opposing one’s view point. A healthy discourse does not have to end in a debate, bashing, or trolling which is commonly visible in social media nowadays.

    A culture of academic honesty as well as tolerance and acceptance should be the atmosphere promoted in any form of internet forum. At the end of the day, we gain valuable knowledge, insights, thoughts and novel ideas from each other’s perspective. And in an online world where it is active 24/7, discussion and not exposition of what is right and not can guide netizens to proper communication if we ask and respond to the right questions.

  4. Catherine Lockley
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    Author Stephen Pinker tells us that the word “courtesy” comes from the first known etiquette handbooks -those written to teach Knights & Nobles how to conduct themselves in the court of the King. Now, in the vast and ever expanding kingdom of the World Wide Web, the size of our audience has grown but the basic premise of “courtesy” should always remain: Think of the feelings of others first.

    Despite our use of the internet as a personal tool, it’s not all about slavishly maximising your personal convenience.

    All the classic, old-fashioned rules your Grandmother insisted upon still apply.

    In order to avoid breaches of ‘netiquette’, remember: Know the language well. Use language with skill. Urgency and laziness in typing or formulating communications is still plain old bad manners, and polite conversation is impossible with an inebriate :-).

    Pinker, S (2007). The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature. New York, NY. Viking.

  5. Katie Marie Lawles
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    Yeah Right!

    Netiquette is an ill-defined set of rules, mostly based on common sense, that attempt to make online communication clear and effective. We know good netiquette when we read it, and very poor netiquette can be blatantly obvious, but on occasion it can be hard to identify why some online conversations descend into piles of useless text that fail to convey any meaningful information.

    Of course, in an academic environment, discourse should always be respectful and courteous. However textual communication has a few more traps for the inexperienced.

    Much of our verbal discourse includes cues that do not translate well into text, such as the tone of voice used to indicate sarcasm, the shoulder shrug indicating a lack of certainty in a statement, or a declarative sentence turned into a question with an uplift in tone at the end.

    The easiest way to avoid these potential pitfalls is to use more specific language in text, for example: explaining fully the intent of a sentence, adding explicit qualifying language to indicate the level of certainty the writer has in their statement, and avoiding sarcasm at all times.

  6. Jen H
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    Keep it Simple

    The sage advice of KISS (Keep it simple stupid) is applicable to both physical and online interactions and projects. Questions, statements and comments are best simplified as they are consequently easy to follow and understand. Visual cues and inflection are obviously absent in online conversations therefore one must be careful when constructing a response or posing a question. With large paragraphs or complex responses or ideas the possibility of miscommunication increases substantially.

    Certain statements can be misinterpreted when typed and without clarity a query can be misunderstood. If a question is misconstrued and communication isn’t concise or clear the student may not receive a correct or useful answer.

    In conclusion it is important to remember that online interaction doesn’t have the subtle or sometimes overt nuances associated with physical intercommunication so when you suspect a miscommunication don’t be afraid to clarify or question phrases you are unsure about.

  7. Fathiyah
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    Don’t be Cruel

    An online student plagiarized his response for the course weekly discussion from a website. Some students think that they should check the response of every student for plagiarism and they caught this poor guy, of course. Three students put harsh comments under his entry. I’ll not write their long and harsh comments; I’ll just mention one sentence of what they posted. One student wrote: you plagiarized this from a website. Other student wrote: don’t do it again. A third student wrote: how could you do that.

    I think, even when someone commits plagiarism, your response to such act reveal a lot about your character. When someone does a mistake, still you have to respond in a civilized way.

    From that moment, I didn’t interact with those three students even when they post good comments under my entries. I was terrified from their cruelty toward that guy.

  8. Jo Madron
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    Netiquette for Students

    When you are on social media, it is a good idea to always govern yourself. There are things that you should refrain from stating, showing or depicting.

    If you are using any social media, you do not know who could be reading your posts. All schools that I know of have a code of conduct. You do not want to put yourself in the position of showing your school in a bad light. When you are on Facebook or Twitter or some other social media site, you want to represent your school and yourself in a positive manner.

    A student may not think of the consequences when venting on the campus forum about a professor. Should that professor, other students, or faculty, see any slanderous remarks or charges of inappropriateness. there could be serious consequences on both sides of the fence. Also, the student, not thinking about expulsion, may ask, on social media, someone to blow off classes to go party.

    Many people have been fired due to their inability to consider the consequences of stating something on social media that was inappropriate. I can only assume that academic institutions would have severe disciplinary action as well.

  9. cielo contrano
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    Netiquette for Student Athletes

    Netiquette for students is important. It’s especially important for a student athletes who is trying to earn an athletic scholarship. Social media is a powerful tool for any individual. Saying the wrong stuff online can get you in trouble. For a student athlete who is trying to earn an athletic scholarship or already has an athletic scholarship can lose that opportunity if they were to say the wrong things online. That school will take away their offers if a student was making a bad name for themselves on the internet. Colleges wouldn’t want to offer a scholarship to a student who would give their school a bad reputation because that student was disrespectful on social media. A student who is given such an opportunity should be aware of the things they say on social media that can lead them to losing such an opportunity such as a scholarship. Students should remain classy and respectful online and keep all the negative comments to themselves. Being respectful in the real world is something that must be done, why not do it online as well.

  10. Callie Bulkley
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    Use Normal Writing Conventions

    In academic forums and message boards that are used for organization communication it is important to use a pattern of speech and thought process that is clear and congenial. All too often we fall into a pattern of using slang and acronyms that can be considered immature or unprofessional and our intended message gets lost in context when the reader is forced to guess what is meant by “OMG ROFLMAO IDK how I messed up that project. I thought I did GR8 but IRL I totally messed up.” Punctuation is also an important factor when posting in a public forum. There is a huge difference in meaning between “I ran over John when I heard the news” and “I ran over, John, when I heard the news.”

  11. Roger
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    Being Available

    Internet forums work best when people are available and responsive. If someone makes a comment which gets lots of replies, it’s important to have follow up from that person. If you never hear from the commenter again, the thread loses something. It’s like a bunch of random thoughts.

    The most interesting and informative threads are more of a discussion, where people are learning and gaining a better understanding through the interactions. The simple rule would be to check in on forums where you leave posts or comments. I check in with social media at least once a day. If anyone has added something to a discussion I was involved in, I try to give positive feedback (if deserved).

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