General Tips:
  • Only post your first name and initial of last name.
  • Be careful of the tone you use. Give others the benefit of the doubt when interpreting comments.
  • Never say anything you would not want posted on the wall of a traditional classroom.
  • Show respect
  • Check your spelling
  • Be sure to spell check your postings. "what u rite is what we will c". For full points, we will all expect correct grammar and spelling.
  • Do not respond with sentences like "I agree" or "Me too". These add nothing to the discussion, take time to read, and will earn zero points.
  • No inflammatory or derogatory comments.
  • Cite all novel material used as your "support" and a link to it from online resources
  • Think about what you have written BEFORE you submit: Proofread!!

Netiquette Guidelines

Behind Every Name There is a Person

  1. Respect the privacy of your classmates and what they share in class.
  2. Ask nicely for clarification if you find a discussion posting offensive or difficult to understand.
  3. Avoid sweeping generalizations. Back up your stated opinions with facts and reliable sources.
  4. Understand that we may disagree and that exposure to other people’s opinions is part of the learning experience.
  5. Be respectful of each other. We’re all in this together. Before posting a comment, ask whether you would be willing to make the same comment to a person’s face.
  6. Keep in mind that everything you write, indeed every click of your mouse is recorded on the network server. On the Internet there are no take backs.
  7. Keep in mind that you are taking a high school class. Something that would be inappropriate in a traditional classroom is also inappropriate in an online classroom.

Online Communication

  1. Be aware that typing in all capital letters indicates shouting.
  2. Be careful with humor and sarcasm. Both can easily be misunderstood!
  3. Review all discussion postings before posting your own to prevent redundancy.
  4. Check your writing for errors by reviewing what you’ve written before submitting it.
  5. Acronyms (LOL, etc.) and emoticons (smilies) are commonly used online, but be careful not to overuse them.
  6. Many communications with your instructor or fellow students are best handled through email. Only post on the classroom discussion board if the conversation is relevant to others in the class.
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More tips for discussion boards:
  • Check through all the postings before posting your own comments. Make sure you understand the direction of the discussion and that you are not duplicating comments made by others.
  • A discussion is not an argument. you don't need to prove yourself or others right or wrong. The idea is to share information together as a class. Of course, expressing a differing opinion in a constructive manner is acceptable.
  • Learn to use the various text tools for the discussion board such as bold, italics, colors, etc. Whenever possible, briefly restate the portion of the posting you are responding to before posting your comments. This allows others to follow the conversation better.
  • Be specific but concise. Break into separate paragraphs if you need to make a longer posting. Choose only the most important sections of novel passages to use as support, the majority of your posting should NOT be directly quoted passages; the passages serve as support/clarification to your comments. All posts use correct MLA citation format, (Huxley #).
  • Stay on topic or, when introducing a related topic, be sure your subject line reflects this.