"Netiquette" is essential so that you can communicate effectively with your instructor and other students. The following are
basic rules to be observed while interacting with others in online courses at Western Wyoming Community College.
Basic Netiquette for All Online Participation
Common courtesy and good manners, along with proper use of grammar, sentence structure, and correct spelling, are all
part of proper netiquette when taking an online class.
Adhere to the same standards as you would for written language.
Remember who your audience is when posting to discussion boards, sending e-mails, or participating in a chat room
discussion. You should behave as if you were sitting in a traditional classroom. Remember: The online classroom setting is
more formal than in public forums or personal chat groups you may have used.
Be clear and concise. Explain your ideas entirely but get quickly to the point.
Using all capitals is the equivalent of SHOUTING and considered RUDE.
Avoid "flaming" or attacking someone for their point of view. Remember that it will be read by many readers, including
Read over what you are going to send at least once, just as you would proof read a paper you submit. Remember, once you
submit your work, discussion, or e-mail, you cannot change what you have written.
It is not acceptable for you to present work or ideas of others as your own. If you quote from a source, use quotation
marks and provide the original author's name and the work from which the quotation is taken. Use your own understanding of
the work, instead of direct quotes if possible, and give credit to the original author by citing name and source of
Discussion Board Netiquette
Try to respond to discussion messages within a 24 hour period.
Remember that since all participants will not be monitoring the message board at the same time, it may take some time
for a response to your post.
Avoid duplication. Read previous discussions before you comment or ask a question. Chances are the information may have
already been covered.
When posting a response, make sure you clarify which post you are responding to.
If the topic you wish to address is already covered under an existing thread, do not start a new one.
When responding to a specific comment, quote only the relevant part of the comment.
If your response is longer than three or four lines, break it up into paragraphs to make it easier to read.
Check in often. It is easy to fall behind and miss important posts by both instructors and students.
Check your course e-mail often. This is the most popular method for the instructor to communicate with you.
Always use your antivirus software to check files before you send them to others.
Use your word-processing program to write assignments and check for spelling and grammar errors. Then copy and paste the
work in the email to send to the instructor.
Avoid socializing in your online class e-mail. Instead use your private e-mail for this.
Most importantly, always save a copy of your work to your hard drive or print a hard copy of all assignments uploaded or
sent through e-mail. Save a copy of any important e-mail that you send to your computer. Things have been known to get lost