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“Netiquette – 5 Proper Manners for Online Students

NetiquetteMany online students have only experienced the Internet’s social aspects. They email. They text. They IM. They Skype. Although this experience has made these students very Web-savvy, it’s also led them to acquire some bad habits that can interfere with their online educations.

If you’re going to an online college or university, know that you cannot use the Internet the same way you do when interacting with your friends and family. There are certain behaviors that are acceptable when in an online class and some that are not. Call it “net etiquette” or “netiquette.”

Here are five good habits you need to acquire when taking classes online:

1) Write using proper English and punctuation. Most online students know enough to use proper language and grammar when writing papers for their classes. But good “Business English” should also be used when sending emails or other messages to fellow students, and especially to instructors. Don’t use popular abbreviations, acronyms or other shortcuts created to speed social communications.

2) Don’t use emoticons. Emoticons are a fun way to communicate emotions in social communications, but they have no place in your schoolwork.

3) Acknowledge inbound communications. When you receive a message from an instructor or fellow student, acknowledge it as soon as you’re able. Even a simple “thank you,” or “email received” response will suffice.

4) “Reply All” only when appropriate. When responding to joint communications, you should “reply all” when your answer is of legitimate interest to the other members of your group. However, if you’re just saying “thank you” or providing information only of interest to the original sender, a single “reply” is preferred. You don’t want to clutter everyone’s inbox with unimportant email.

5) Keep it clean. The Internet’s general informality and high degree of anonymity allows profanity to flow rather freely over the Web, even in casual conversation. You need to avoid profanities, obscenities and other foul language at all costs when in school.

Learning and practicing proper “netiquette” is not only useful in getting you through your online classes, but it’s also a great practice for how to use the Internet when you move into your professional career.

Everest University Online

If you’re ready to take on the challenge — and enjoy the rewards — of getting a college degree, consider Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. You can attend Everest University Online classes on your own schedule from home or anywhere else with an Internet connection. The school offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in such popular career fields as:• Accounting

  • Business
  • Computer Information Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Homeland Security
  • Paralegal

Upon graduation, Everest’s Career Services professionals can help you make use of your new degree by providing job-search support and starting you on the path to career success.

For more information on programs, schedules and costs, contact Everest University Online today! Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Everest University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

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