Presentation on theme: "Communicating in a Virtual Environment"— Presentation transcript:
1Communicating in a Virtual Environment Virtual EtiquetteCommunicating in a Virtual Environment
2Our Virtual Environment Communication Avenues Include:Virtual ClassroomDiscussion Boards and Chat RoomsConference Calls - Phone or Voice over IPOther communication via technologyCommunication cues are missed:Body language or Facial expressionVoice inflection in some cases
3Minimizing 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.
4Email 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.
5Email 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.
6Email 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.
7Virtual 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.
8Virtual 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.
9Virtual 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.
10Chat 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.
11Chat 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.
12Conference 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.
13Conference 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.
14ConclusionsPractice 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.