5 Netiquette Rules of Virtual Learning

5 Netiquette Rules of Virtual Learning

5 Netiquette Rules of Virtual Learning

 Netiquette (net + etiquette) is the code of proper conduct applied to virtual online spaces. As some children are headed back to physical classrooms, some parents have decided to stick with the virtual option. In turn, educators have to manage students, both in the classroom as well as the ones connected virtually. The first few months of the previous school year were hectic for a lot of us, to say the least. Some students -in all age groups- didn’t know how to turn on, log in or even operate the required software. Although technology has its ups and downs, after the kinks were worked out, the school year began to run smoothly. Focusing on what we can control, technology not always being one of them, we can work on how we present ourselves and students when it comes to virtual learning. So, let’s jump right into the 5 Netiquette Rules of Virtual Learning.


Stay on topic.

From elementary to college, we all tend to get off track from time to time. When attending classes virtually, try not to post irrelevant links, comments, or pictures. This seemed to be a big setback for many children as they were excited to see their friends after a long period of quarantine, even if it was only virtually, that they had to share their latest insight of Roblox and Tik Tok.

 Be respectful.

Respect the opinion of your instructors, as well as your classmates. There’s nothing wrong with a debate, as long as it’s respectful and at the right time. If you feel the need to disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points in your classmate’s argument. Down talking, degrading, and insulting anyone online, or in person, is intolerable and definitely shouldn’t take place during time set aside for your education. Being respectful also includes keeping your microphone on mute until it’s your turn to speak.

 Be Present.

No multitasking. Stay focused. Being present is more than just tapping “Join Meeting.” Being present means strictly setting time aside to focus on the content being presented. Not while watching videos or movies in a different tab or writing a paper for your next class. It may be very tempting because your computer is already open; all it takes is one click, and you’ll be in a new tab surfing the internet. Being distracted can lead you to miss vital information that could make or break an assignment, or upcoming surprise quiz. Yikes!

 Be aware of your presence before class begins.

Dress appropriately. By “appropriately”, we’re talking about abiding by the school’s dress code. Make sure your background is appropriate and distractions are out of sight. Participants in virtual meetings can see more than you might think. Before entering the meeting, make sure you don’t have anything inappropriate or attention grabbing in your background. Also, having a wall directly behind you can ensure that other people you live with aren’t distracting in the background. Lastly, try not to have a window behind you; having a major light source behind you will make it very hard to see you.

Use the mute button

MUTE! We love that your family is involved, and no one expects you to limit who is in your home at any time. But please eliminate the noise and distractions by muting your mic until you are ready or asked to speak. Utilize the chat option. This is a great place to ask questions or for clarification without disrupting the meeting. 

 Learning virtually or in class can come with many challenges, especially during these unprecedented times. Using these five rules of etiquette can help make your time online a breeze and a bit less stress.



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