Dennis O'Connor
Netiquette Norms
by Dennis OConnor - Thursday, June 7, 2012, 7:48 PM

These are the suggestions from both groups in last week's discussion:

Define them as “Norms” instead of “Rules”.

Benefit of the doubt-discuss, debate, disagree as necessary to understand each other but don’t make it or take it personal.

Wish to develop a sarcasm font for humor-remember the person on the other side can’t see your expression, hear the tone of your voice.

The power of I. (Using I statements)

Make a personal commitment to learning about, understanding, and supporting your peers.

Listen actively and participate to the fullest of your ability.

Respect and consider confidentiality.

No (excessive use of) emoticons or text talking.

Avoid “I agree” or “me too” posts.

Remember: The person on the other end of a digital communication can't see your expression or hear your tone of voice.

Participants speak from their own experience instead of generalizing and focus on ideas and solutions.

Use online-communities as learning environments.
Develop a shared vision or goal and put a face to the name.

Additions, Amendments, Comments: Welcome!

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Re: Netiquette Norms
by Jef Halverson - Thursday, October 18, 2012, 2:13 PM
I think that calling the list of common practices for good netiquette norms rather than rules is a good suggestion. I think that many traditional college age students want to follow norms and might think that rules of this type are silly.
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Re: Netiquette Norms
by Sara Turansky - Friday, October 19, 2012, 10:59 AM

Good point. It is natural to rebel at "rules," but "norms" is something that we would want to follow.

If I were still teaching in the middle school classroom, I would change "rules" to "norms," as well.