What is it? The practice of courtesy and respect that applies to working with any group also applies online. Since students can't actually see each other, you should pay more attention to courtesy over the internet. You should keep to the rules of online netiquette:
- Participate. In the online environment, it is not enough to just turn up. If you don't join in no-one will know that you are there!
- Share questions and tips. Taking part in discussions will help you learn. Where a student encounters problems, it is the experience of other students in the tutorial group that is most valuable. Students come to your course from a range of different backgrounds and cultures, so there will be a great deal of complementary experiences to share. All members should try to contribute.
- Think before you click! Before you post your comments, check through what you have written. Ask yourself the following questions: Have I said exactly what I mean? How may others perceive my words? Do read your messages carefully before you send them.
- Remember others cannot see your facial expressions. When you make an ironic comment, others can't see whether you are smiling or not. Help your tutorial group see you by explaining your ideas fully. You could also use an emoticon (small icon) to let others know that your comment is meant to be funny.
SMILE by Imperial College, Loughborough University and the University of Worcester, modified by Marion Kelt Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.