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Netiquette Guidelines for Online Student

What is Netiquette?

Netiquette refers to the social expectations and behavior norms for online interactions and communications. In the online learning environment, we should follow common social standards. Developing awareness of netiquette will help you succeed in online communication activities (emails, discussion forums, chat, etc.) and to get the most out of your online courses.     

General Netiquette Rules

  • Be friendly and civil with each other
  • Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes
  • Avoid abbreviation
  • Avoid “text messaging” language (examples; LOL, NP, TY, emoji's, etc…)
  • Respect others’ privacy and your own (be careful of personal or confidential information)
  • Stay on topic, and write clearly and concisely
  • Run a spelling and grammar check before posting anything publicly 

Netiquette for Discussion Board                   

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  • Read other’s posts before making your own
  • Post early in a thoughtful manner
  • Post relevant information and contribute to a civilized debate
  • Refer to others’ posts when replying
  • Cite information correctly

To learn more about citing information correctly, please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) by clicking on the following link;                

Netiquette for Email

  • Use clear and specific subject lines ( include the class information, section #, class assignment, etc.)
  • Include a proper greeting and closing
  • Be professional
  • Don’t forward or copy another’s email without permission


Self-Check Quiz

Take the following fun quiz and see what you've learned about Netiquette!


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