Discussion Board Netiquette


Discussion Board Netiquette

Most of us are familiar with society’s
guidelines known as etiquette. Online communication has its own rules
and guidelines for etiquette. These are often referred to as “netiquette.” Keep
these rules in mind for any kind of online communication, including email, discussion
board posts, and other online contact with your classmates or instructor. First, avoid abbreviations that you might
use when texting or on Facebook, like “talk to you later,” “laugh out loud,” or other
abbreviations. Not everyone knows what these mean, and even if they do, avoiding
them will help communicate more clearly what you really mean. Second, make use of the subject line. Imagine walking into the library where
none of the books have titles on the covers. You would have to open every book until you
found what you were looking for. If you don’t give your post a subject
line, viewers will have to open your post to see what you said. So always give
readers a clue about what’s inside. Third, it’s important to know that all caps
is like yelling at someone. You probably wouldn’t yell at your
classmates during an in-class discussion, so please avoid doing it online. Next, be careful with joking or sarcasm. Since these frequently rely on nonverbal
facial cues or tone, they often do not come across very well in online communication. [robotic voice:] “That post you made was totally sick.” [crickets] It’s easy for someone to misunderstand your
meaning, or even become offended, because they couldn’t tell that you were joking. Finally, be frugal with exclamation points.
Overusing these gives a much greater sense of urgency to your message than it
likely deserves. Plus, it can make you seem like you’re yelling,
or that you lack maturity as a writer. By keeping these simple guidelines in mind
and remembering why we hold discussions, you can help make your online course a
truly meaningful experience for everyone involved. Now go discuss something!

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54 thoughts on “Discussion Board Netiquette”

  1. Beth Jordan says:

    I would like to use this video in my online instruction. Your permissions says "Standard YouTube Permissions". So, may I use it for educational purposes. Also, how do I cite you? I don't see an author/organization.

  2. Kimberly Kaye says:

    I would like permission to use this video with students participating in an online e-mentoring program. Thank you.

  3. George Suping says:

    Great video

  4. Adam Shortt says:

    great video thanks.

  5. Judy Kavanagh says:

    Good morning, this is a very useful video, which will help me to avoid pittfalls

  6. Judy Kavanagh says:

    Good Morning. I should clarify that this is Eilís McCarthy working on Judy Kavanagh's computer

  7. alison buggie says:

    Thank you. 

  8. Olivia Maher says:

    Good video, thank you.

  9. Linda Lyons says:

    Useful information,thank you.

  10. Caroline Kermath says:

    Thank you

  11. Sinead Bradshaw says:

    Thank you for the very clear definition of Netiquette

  12. Claire O'Brien says:

    Good video

  13. Helen Haugh says:

    good video

  14. Julie McGowan says:

    Some very useful tips. Thank you

  15. Alisha Torres-Rayley says:

    Got it, thank you!! =D

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  18. David King says:

    thank you!!

  19. Maeve Mulryan says:

    A good place to start.

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  22. Tasha Clark says:

    Thank you for the helpful hints.

  23. Mark Johnson says:

    That was informational and basic. Thank you.

  24. Hayley Brazil says:

    informative video you forget that we do these things at times without thinking

  25. Kam Braaten says:

    I like the part about NO CAPS!!!!! it really does look like you are yelling.

  26. Marlena Mertens says:

    um I don't remember not using abbreviations lol. laughing out loud (lol) if anyone does not know just saying.

  27. Barbara Challoner says:

    Good video very helpfull.

  28. Richard Lim says:

    Common sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Carmen Reyneke says:

    Great job! Will it be ok if I use this in one of my online courses?

  30. T3L3MIKA says:

    How did you make this video? How did you do the animations? I'm trying to learn how to make instructional videos.

  31. Addie Brown says:

    Great video thank you

  32. Sheena Davis says:

    Informative video, thank you.

  33. Kerry Becker says:

    that was very informative, thank you

  34. sean creed says:

    Informative video

  35. Tammy Thompson says:

    That was well put.

  36. paula lloyd says:

    Very helpful video. Thank you

  37. Joan Berns says:

    Thank you for the informative video

  38. Easton Flynn says:

    i dont think this is a good vid many people understand what brb lol idk ppl and other stuff means and they dont cry over it!

  39. Maura Gilsenan says:

    i completely get it, its makes sense

  40. Saba Tarley says:

    Very easy to watch until time to download

  41. Wendy Garcia says:

    What's with the marker's annoying noise??

  42. Dean Thompson says:

    Took a min to find out that I should post on this Discussion Board, the information was informative and to the point.

  43. Kristen Bell says:

    Hi, I am an instructor at a university and would like to embed this video in my course for students to view and discuss. Would you grant me permission to use your video in my course?

  44. nirali nakrani says:

    Great video ……..

  45. unknown unknown says:

    "it is easy for someone to misunderstand your meaning, or even become offended, because they couldn't tell that you were joking" remember everyone, be PC because hurting peoples feelings is better than freedom of speech. I'm not going to change my language or what i joke about for the soul fact to not offend someone

  46. francis toralba says:

    good advice!

  47. arlene christian says:

    Very informative

  48. ChaChaWillis says:

    OLOT am i right?

  49. Lawrence Gentile says:

    interesting video

  50. Ashling Quinn says:

    Thank you its was very helpful.

  51. Todd Nelson says:

    I'd love for their to be some more diversity in the video. I don't feel comfortable using it in our online course because some of my students are going to be students of color and the unconscious message for them is that the course (and its netiquette) is only suitable for white communities.

  52. Phoenix Storm says:

    I AM BREAKING EVERY ONE OF THESE BECUZ I AM ANNOYED!!!!!!!! (and yes I am yelling I was forced to come here when I have alot of homework to do but they said it's mandatory!)

  53. nichola murray says:

    Good tips thank you

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