On the one hand, netiquette, or the set of official and unofficial rules for acting like a decent human online, should be pretty straightforward (Bradley, 2009). We’re taught from a young age how to share our toys and say nice things, but unfortunately, some of these skills don’t transfer online. When establishing a class that will have significant online interaction, establishing the ground rules will help avoid confusion.
Here are 3 videos I found on YouTube that overview the general expectations of netiquette.
After reviewing one or more of these, students could decide on the most or least useful or suggest a new rule that they would like to see added to the list.
Netiquette is too important to ignore, and assuming students have the basics already is treacherous. Students might interact with people from different parts of the world, and so much gets lost in the translation from face-to-face communication to online communication. Some time spent getting to know the basic rules of Internet interaction would be time well spent.
Bradley, S. (2009). The impact of netiquette on online group work: A study of UK Open University students. In O. Kallioinen (Ed.), Learning by developing—New ways to learn 2009 conference proceedings (pp. 152–167). Espoo, Finland: Laurea University of Applied Sciences.