Blackboard Netiquette

What is Netiquette?
Netiquette is a set of guidelines for electronic communication. 

  • Messages should be short and to the point.
  • Use a meaningful subject line so that your instructor or course mates will have a clear idea of what your message contains.
    • Good example - "Subject: My feedback on the Taylor article."
    • Poor example - "Subject: Interesting Stuff."
  • Use all capital letters sparingly. Capitalize words only to highlight an important point or to distinguish a title or heading. Capitalizing whole words that are not titles is generally seen as SHOUTING.
  • Be professional and careful in what you say about others.
  • When reacting to someone's message, address the ideas and not the person.
  • Be careful when using sarcasm and humor. Without face-to-face communication your joke may be viewed as criticism.
  • Be careful not to get too personal too fast.
  • Be respectful of other diverse opinions. Do not assume that everyone shares the same views or background.
  • Be aware of potential compatibility problems when sharing electronic files. Even though you may be able to "attach" a file to an electronic message, your recipient(s) may not be successful in opening your file.
  • Don't share copyrighted materials. Most things on the Internet are NOT "fair use."
  • Be respectful of other people's privacy.  Do not send commercial advertisements to your course mates. 
  • Be aware of the image you are projecting online.  Even in this age of text messaging, spelling and grammar do impact the image that you are projecting to your instructor and course mates. It's better to keep it simple, clear and in good form.

Adapted and expanded from Penn State/World Campus Netiquette

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