Since virtually all schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online learning has become the new normal. Students are logging in to their virtual classrooms and connecting with their teachers and friends.
With these virtual classrooms comes netiquette (internet etiquette). Netiquette is a “code of conduct” for online spaces. Teaching students about netiquette is just as important (if not more so) as teaching them to use technology or master content.
Here are 5 NETIQUETTE TIPS FOR LIVE ONLINE LEARNING
1. SET UP YOUR WORKSPACE – Make sure you are setting yourself up at a desk or table with proper supplies. The camera should be positioned from the chest up so fellow students can see your face and only your face.
2. LOOK PRESENTABLE - Check your lighting and make sure you look presentable (hair combed and teeth brushed). Getting “ready” for virtual class means you will be more confident and feel more awake – plus it’s respectful.
3. BE MINDFUL OF VIDEO AND AUDIO – Make sure the video is only capturing you and not anyone or anything else in the space. No one wants to see your dad in their underwear. Make sure your audio microphone is muted when you are not talking. You don’t want to have an accidental “hot mic” situation and get caught saying something inappropriate.
4. CLASS TIME IS NOT SNACK TIME – Make sure you are not eating while in your LIVE virtual classroom. Opening packages and crunching goldfish can be distracting to fellow classmates and can also hinder learning.
5. ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS – LIVE virtual learning means you probably have a smaller student to teacher ratio than you would in a standard classroom so take advantage of the teacher’s expertise. Ask the questions you need to and engage to get the most from your experience.