Netiquette to Observe During Online Class

Netiquette to Observe During Online Class

FYI, Global College students.

Our society thrives on collaboration and cooperation. Its progress is dependent on the number of effort individuals put in. For it to be possible, communication is vital for the fruition of any brilliant idea. Thus, etiquette is observed in any circumstance, as with online community, one must adhere to netiquette.

The word netiquette is a combination of ’net’ (from the internet) and ’etiquette’. It means respecting other users’ views and displaying common courtesy when posting your views to online discussion groups.

Perhaps one of the popular literary works about netiquette is by Virginia Shea, published in 1994, and so much has changed since then. Check out the latest netiquette you need to observe during an online class.

Think before you click

It transcends not just your grammar and sentence structure but also the relevance of your message. Do not ask unnecessary questions that might have been addressed before or comment sarcastically to enliven the discussion.

You are attending the class to learn, not to socialize casually. Respect other’s time and bandwidth when you click that submit button. You may forego fluff or flowery words, practice conversing in a concise manner.

Follow the rules

Every instructor has a different set of rules and levels of tolerance for those who do not follow. Read your learning materials carefully and clarify any questions you may have. This action reflects your respect for their authority and willingness to cooperate with the instructors.

There is, however, variation in rules carried out, such as being in formal attire during video conferences and lax guidelines using social media forums like Facebook and Discord. You need to know beforehand the dos and don’ts as it is always better safe than sorry.

Be kind and professional

“Remember the human” is the first netiquette listed by Shea in her book “Netiquette”. If you wouldn’t say it face to face, don’t say it online. Refrain from being sarcastic, as most people will not catch the message correctly. Make sure that the tone and delivery of your message are professional.

Do not use capital letters as it is equivalent to shouting online. Address the receiver of your message by their formal name. Be always polite and ethical in the same manner you are in the physical world. If a classmate of yours needs help, do not hesitate to assist them.


A newbie mistake is always welcome, but if you’ve been avoiding the decorum set, then you need to reevaluate your attitude. We all have different circumstances in life, and having an online class is complicated as it is. 

Being civil to each other can make every session a conducive learning experience. Aside from raising your concern, you also have to be considerate of others’ needs. This guideline is not essential if you bring the same level of courteousness to the web space.

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