Pro Tip: Netiquette

Since your courses will involve virtual and written interactions with your instructor and classmates, it is very important to communicate in a way that is professional and appropriate.

Netiquette, or network etiquette, is concerned with the "proper" way to communicate in an online environment. Consider the following guidelines whenever you communicate in your classes either individually to your instructor or in open discussions in UNM Canvas:

  • Whether or not you agree with the opinion of another student, you should respect their opinion. When responding to another person’s opinion, provide clear and thoughtful arguments without seeking to insult your classmate(s).
  • When posting a message, take care to choose your words carefully. Understand that online communication tends to lack the non-verbal cues that often offer context to the intended message.
  • Emoticons and other cues (such as hmm… to suggest you are pondering) can be used to help offer context to messages.
  • Avoid typing in all capital letters. Not only does this make messages difficult to read, it also implies that you are yelling.
  • Always assume that your fellow students have good intentions in their posts and/or replies. If necessary, seek further clarification of the intent or meaning of a post.
  • Flaming (messages or responses intended to insult or meant to be abusive) are always inappropriate.
  • When possible, try to keep messages and posts concise and on topic and posted in the appropriate section.
  • When using acronyms and abbreviations, make sure that they are completely spelled out the first time they are used.
  • When you are referring to a web site, use the web link tool in the Rich Content Editor to add the Text name and the URL (in its executable form including the https://). This will make sure it is accessible and allow others to quickly reference the desired site.
  • If you include an attachment, ensure that it is free of viruses.
  • Do not use discussions to distribute or share material which is restricted by copyright.


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