Week 1: Accessibility and usability

This week was the basic introduction of the WordPress Program. This week we enter the Seminole State College course and access Sakia to start of this long course. Although for me it was a long delay I am now getting started on this course and a lot to catching up to do.

Distance Learning/Sakai Student Support (Information and Help)

Computer Netiquette

Communication Protocols
Whether this is your first online class, or your 100th, we all can benefit from reviewing appropriate “Netiquette,” or manners for online communication.Sakai, our online classroom environment, offers us wonderful benefits–flexibility and depth, among others.  However, we relinquish the immediacy of face-to-face communication and the email interface encourages “off-the-cuff” responses that we may later regret. This is very important not only in your education, but also in business.

Netiquette Guidelines
Netiquette Refers to the generally accepted rules of behavior for communicating in the online environment. This list will serve as a general overview of these rules for use in email and discussions.

  1. Use standard lower-case and capital letters in emails and discussion postings
  2. It is considered shouting if you type in all CAPs. This action is considered rude.
  3. Make sure that the subject pertains to the message you are sending.
  4. Be professional and careful with what you say in your posting. This information is easily forwarded and can come back to haunt you.
  5. Express your thoughts clearly and concisely.

Be careful when using sarcasm and humor. Internet communications are very impersonal and others may take your words as criticism. “Emoticons” are a widely accepted way of differentiating humor and sarcasm from serious comments. Online communication lacks the nonverbal cues that fill in much of the meaning during face-to-face communication. (Using “smilies” and words of encouragement can help your message be understood. See http://www.muller-godschalk.com/emoticon.html for a list of smilies.)Examples of emoticons are:
smile = 🙂 and frown = 😦

Be courteous and considerate. It is important to be honest and to express yourself freely but being considerate of others online is just as important as in the classroom.Before posting a message, please read your message and look for the following:

  • Are you sure that the message conveys what you want to say correctly and appropriately?
  • Correct any spelling and punctuation errors you find.  Typos can make messages difficult to read and understand.  They also look very unprofessional.
  • Use common sense – is this message something that you want to be sent to you? Will you understand it in 3 days if you were to go back and read it?
  • Is the message complete?  Will the reciever understand what your message is about?

Discussion and Email Protocols
When composing your messages, please be mindful of how your words may be received.  Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Be sure to check your email (personal and Sakai) AT LEAST twice per week (in term B classes this should be more like 4-5 times per week) Important course updates will be sent using email.
  • Use the Sakai messages tool if you need to send an individual message to the instructor.
    Use course mail for any questions regarding grades or personal matters.
  • Stay on Topic.  
    Post your message to the appropriate Discussion Forum.  If you are replying to a message, click the “Reply” button.  If you are starting a new topic, please start a new thread.  This helps the discussions stay organized.  If your message is unrelated to the discussion, please post it to the general class discussion forum.
  • Use appropriate subject lines for email and discussions.  
    As a conversation evolves, the subject may change.  It is helpful if the subject line is changed to reflect the topic addressed in the message.
  • Maintain professional and respectful dialogue at all times.  
    Just as you shouldn’t drive when you are angry, you should not send email or discussion responses when you are mad at someone. Go ahead and type a response, but do not send it—just place it in your draft folder and look at it again the next day.  Chances are that when you come back later to read your response, you will be glad that you did not send it.
  • Uphold the standards of academic honesty.  
    Never copy someone else’s writing without permission or citation, and always acknowledge your sources.  We care about your ideas and your experiences.  So tell us:  What do you think?  What is your analysis?  What examples can you offer from personal and professional experiences?
  • Avoid “I agree” and “Me too!” messages.  
    It is very frustrating to read a lot of messages with very little substance.  Remember that email and discussions can be very labor intensive and that it takes time to read and sort through numerous messages.
  • Avoid the use of ALL CAPS.  
    IT’S LIKE SHOUTING!!!  You can do it occasionally for strong emphasis, but only for individual words.
  • Proofread your emails and discussions
    While email and discussions are quite often informal, it is important to remember that this is a business communications course.  Please make sure that anything you send or post would be something that you would send to your boss.  Make sure your messages are readable and understandable.

Becoming an effective communicator in the distance learning environment is important to your academic and professional success.  I am happy to provide one-on-one assistance if you are concerned about your online communication skills.  Please contact me if you have questions or concerns or want additional coaching in improving your skills.

Week 1 Forum: Introductory Discussions

“Hello their; I’m 17 years old and I live in Altamonte Springs Florida”

“Hello their Xavier and I hope the same thing for me.”

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