Establish expectations for respectful engagement online early in your course with a Netiquette Statement.
What is Netiquette and why it important? Netiquette is etiquette for the internet. People engage with one another differently online than in person, and the online classroom is different from a face-to-face one. While many learners are familiar with online interactions before they start a course, they may not know what to expect in an online classroom environment. Setting a professional tone in a virtual learning environment is important in establishing clear boundaries for online interactions.
A Netiquette statement instructs students up front what is, and mostly what isn’t, acceptable behavior in the course. It tends to be largely focused on how learners communicate with each other and with the instructor in the course. Consider including this statement in your syllabus, in the first module online, or before the first discussion board.
Here is a sample statement from our Quality Matters at Clemson Canvas course. You may directly copy the statement below, and feel free to adapt, revise, and add to it as needed.
Even if you have experience communicating in an online environment, online courses may require an extra effort to be civil. An online classroom is still a classroom and we should all behave professionally while in it. Please read and follow the guidelines below.
While in our class, please remember:
Please do not:
Clemson Online is proud to announce new opportunities for instructors to gain experience in online course creation, teaching with Canvas, and the Quality Matters course review process. They start March 6 and include:
Please see the full descriptions and registration links at our Expanded Quality Matters Offerings website.
For applicable participants, these trainings can be listed on annual reviews in the Faculty Success system. Check with your department for specific details. If you have any questions about these training opportunities or any aspect of Quality Matters at Clemson, please email Lori Kinley.
Review our Spring 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!
We have a robust Spring semester lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on inclusive practices for online education, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!
All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.
Contact James Butler with any questions about these sessions.
Clemson Online – Where Tech and Teaching Meet
Here are our top tips for making effective learning videos for your online courses. Top Tips Be yourself Talk as […]
Design your course with the end in mind with backwards design. From the Archives: What is Backward Design? In its […]
Build presence in your online course through discussion boards. From the Archives: Monday's blog introduced the importance of building cognitive, […]