By following these guidelines, you can contribute to a positive and respectful online classroom environment, whether you’re participating in a batch session or engaging in a one-on-one meeting.
Batch Online Classroom Etiquette:
- Be punctual: Log in to the online classroom on time, just as you would arrive on time for an in-person class. Avoid joining late or leaving early unless necessary.
- Dress appropriately: Dress as if you were attending an in-person class to maintain a professional atmosphere and show respect for the learning environment.
- Use a professional username: Choose a username that reflects your real name or something appropriate and avoids using any offensive or unprofessional terms.
- Be mindful of your background: Ensure that your background is clean, organized, and free from any distracting or inappropriate elements.
- Mute your microphone: Keep your microphone muted when you’re not speaking to minimize background noise and prevent interruptions. Only unmute when you need to contribute or speak.
- Use the chat function wisely: Use the chat feature to ask questions, provide comments, or participate in discussions related to the class. Avoid using it for personal or unrelated conversations.
- Respect others’ speaking time: Wait for your turn to speak and avoid interrupting others. If there is a hand-raising feature, use it to indicate that you have a question or comment.
- Practice active listening: Pay attention to the instructor and your classmates when they are speaking. Show engagement by nodding, making eye contact through the camera, and using appropriate non-verbal cues.
- Be respectful and considerate: Treat everyone in the online classroom with respect and courtesy. Avoid using offensive or derogatory language, and be mindful of cultural sensitivities.
- Avoid multitasking: Focus on the class and minimize distractions. Avoid engaging in unrelated activities or browsing social media during the session.
One-on-One Online Classroom Etiquette:
- Respect the time: Respect the time of your instructor and yourself by being ready and on time for your sessions. If you have to change or cancel a session, please inform your instructor as soon as possible.
- Be prepared: Before the session, review any relevant materials or notes and come prepared with specific questions or topics you want to discuss. Respect the other person’s time.
- Test your technology: Ensure that your audio and video settings are working properly before the session. This will help prevent any technical issues during the meeting.
- Find a quiet and well-lit space: Choose a quiet environment for the session to minimize distractions and background noise. Make sure your face is well-lit so that the other person can see you clearly.
- Active listening: Give your full attention to the person you are speaking with. Avoid distractions and actively listen to what they are saying. Take notes if necessary.
- Take turns speaking: Allow each person to speak without interruptions. Listen attentively and wait for the other person to finish speaking before responding or asking questions.
- Be open and respectful: Share your thoughts, questions, or concerns in a respectful and constructive manner. Be open to different perspectives and engage in meaningful dialogue.
- Maintain confidentiality: Respect the privacy of the conversation by not sharing or discussing the content with others unless explicitly allowed or required.
- Assignments and exercises: As part of your learning process, you are expected to finish the tasks and activities that your teacher gives you.
- Express gratitude: At the end of the session, thank the other person for their time, insights, and assistance. Show appreciation for their willingness to engage in the one-on-one meeting.