Many online learning spaces operate with codes of conduct and particular guidelines. Becoming familiar with these is vital if you are to get the most out of being a member of any online group which uses an online learning forum. In addition, there are commonly held principles which are seen to constitute good online behaviour. These are collectively referred to as netiquette (net etiquette).
Although the basic principles of good ‘netiquette’ are similar to the features of good communication in face-to-face settings, there can be differences. This is because you can’t respond in the same way through using visual or auditory cues, as you saw in Session 3.
In the first activity, you will look in more detail at netiquette and consider why it is important.
Activity 1 What is netiquette and why is it important?
First, watch the video below and then answer the following questions.
- What is netiquette?
- Why is it important in online communication?
There are several different features of good netiquette and this video identifies just a few of them. You may well be aware of other features that constitute good online netiquette. It will be useful for you to reflect continuously on the different aspects of netiquette as you work through this session.