Tips to be a Successful Online Learner

Last Updated: 9/23/2020 5:23 PM

Internet etiquette is part of learning how to use technology appropriately. These are some important reminders for how to communicate properly and be an effective online learner...

  • Use proper language. This means no emoticons, text message language, or swear words. The Canvas platform, and your student email are meant to be professional.
  • Run a spelling and grammar check before posting or submitting anything.  
  • Do not type in ALL CAPS! If you do, it will look like you are screaming.
  • It is ok to ask questions to clarify things you do not understand. If you are not sure, email the teacher for more information.
  • Avoid sarcasm and dark humor. Take your work and communication seriously. Never say online what you would not say in real life to another person’s face. Your assignments and posts are a permanent record, so think about the type of record you want to leave behind.
  • If you are frustrated and finding the course material difficult, please reach out to the teacher. 
  • Do not wait until the last minute to work on your assignments. Allow time for internet issues, assignment or material questions, or other problems that may arise. 
  • Be forgiving. If your classmate or teacher makes a mistake, address it politely, but do not badger him or her for it.
  • The same rules apply for email. “Hey, teach, heeeelp!” is not the best way to ask your teacher a question. You should communicate with your teacher in the same way that you would speak to your boss or a potential employer. Also, any email you send your teacher should respectfully include your name and which class you are in.
  • Your tone should always be courteous to each of your classmates as well as your teacher.