In our ever changing world of technology, the student/teacher relationship has also changed. However, just because students seemingly have unlimited access to their professors doesn’t mean there are no guidelines to follow. We have listed a few do's and don’ts below:
- Use formal titles and salutations in all e-mails and communication with your professor.
- Properly identify yourself using your full name, ID#, class, and section number in all correspondence.
- Use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling in ALL work, even e-mails. Use spell check and proofread before sending.
- Be short and to the point when using e-mail. Make sure you are specific as to what you are requesting. Don’t be too wordy. You can often use bullet points instead of a lot of text.
- Be thorough and specific when taking quizzes or writing papers.
- Use respect with colleagues on discussion boards and other collaborative assignments.
- Don’t expect instant response on e-mails and grades.
- Don’t complain when you don’t receive what you think to be a timely response.
- Don’t WRITE IN ALL CAPS. This is considered to be shouting in the online world.
- Do not use texting language at any time in the educational environment. Write out each word, for example: "u r gr8" should be fully written out as "You are great."
- Don’t practice intellectual laziness. Don’t just do the assignment to “get it done,” do it to learn.
- Don’t violate the golden rule. Treat people the way you want to be treated when communicating the written word.
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