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1 Communicating in a Virtual Environment
Virtual Etiquette Communicating in a Virtual Environment

2 Our Virtual Environment
Communication Avenues Include: Virtual Classroom Discussion Boards and Chat Rooms Conference Calls - Phone or Voice over IP Other communication via technology Communication cues are missed: Body language or Facial expression Voice inflection in some cases

3 Minimizing Miscommunication
Miscommunication occurs through: Rudeness or abruptness in written or spoken communication. Not understanding how others may interpret messages sent. Not speaking or writing clearly. Using ambiguous language or rambling. Using aggressive language. Making assumptions about communication received and not seeking clarification.

4 Email Etiquette Manners & Tone Please and thank you go a long way.
Re-read messages for friendliness, respectfulness, & approachability. Avoid using all upper case letters. In , such use is considered shouting. Don’t be too informal if you don’t know the recipient well.

5 Email Etiquette Professionalism
Be concise, get to the point; but ensure you explain the situation (don’t be abrupt). Don’t use abbreviations the recipient might not understand. Use an appropriate, professional address. Some nick names used are not. Use relevant subject headings.

6 Email Etiquette Spelling & Grammar Use spell & grammar check.
Re-read to ensure the correct word is used – spell check doesn’t catch incorrect words if not misspelled. Don’t use profanity or offensive language.

7 Virtual Classroom Etiquette
Respect each other’s perspectives. Raise your “virtual hand’ and wait to be recognized. Focus on the classroom conversation and activities. Don’t do sideline chats or multi-task during class time. Before class, stop any other applications running on your computer.

8 Virtual Classroom Etiquette
DON’T TYPE IN ALL CAPS. Again, it’s like shouting. Follow etiquette for typed comments. Don’t use profanity or offensive language – either written or spoken. Always sign in using your real name not a nick name. Launch your classroom application prior to the start time for the class. Log in promptly & participate fully.

9 Virtual Classroom Etiquette
If using Voice Over IP or a conference call line, minimize background noise. Do not walk away from the computer during class. If you must leave the class, send a private chat to the instructor. They may have final instructions or comments for you. Follow standard conference call etiquette for verbal communication.

10 Chat Room/Discussion Board
Follow standard etiquette guidelines. Don’t interject comments until you know what the conversation is about. In a synchronous chat room, don’t type in long detailed messages that take a long time or a lot of space. When making comments about political, social, or moral issues or values, start comments with “I feel”, “I believe”, or such. Do not attack others because of their perspective.

11 Chat Room/Discussion Board
Participate in the planned discussion, don’t enter new topics. Stay on track. When leaving a chat room, indicate you are doing so. Otherwise, others may be trying to talk with you.

12 Conference Call Etiquette
Minimize noise: Don’t shuffle papers or make other distracting noises. Minimize background noise. Don’t put your phone on hold. Hold music would play for all participants to hear. Suspend call waiting so others don’t hear the beeping.

13 Conference Call Etiquette
Entering the call: Call in on time. Introduce yourself when there is a break in the conversation. Call in on a land line. Try not to use cell phones – too much static. Contribute to the conversation: Ask to be recognized. State your name when you start to talk. Stay on topic. Don’t hijack the conversation.

14 Conclusions Practice patience, tolerance, and tact just as you would in a face-to-face communication mode. Be aware - distance breeds a feeling of anonymity and facelessness. Do not fall into antisocial behaviors or feel boldly empowered to act recklessly because others do not see you or you them.

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