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Assessment of Student Learning in the Online Classroom

UW-Stout - Summer 2015

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Welcome to our class wiki! A wiki is a great way for a group of people to collaborate in an asynchronous setting. As we start our work together, add your ideas on what makes a welcoming, effective online learning environment. What can we do to make everyone feel comfortable and valued as a member of our learning community?


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I've started a list of netiquette guidelines. Please amend or add to it as you like. Just click on the EDIT tab above left, next to VIEW.


  1. Begin by placing your cursor at the end of the last item in the list. Then hit Enter/Return.
  2. You should see the next number in the sequence appear automatically. Continue by entering your addition to the list. Enter your text and format it as you wish. You'll have  color,  font, and style  options that you are welcome to use in your posting.
  3. Although you may edit the text of a classmate's posting, please do not delete that classmate's name from the posting. You may be depriving him or her of a grade!
  4.  When you have completed your entry, be sure to conclude it with your name, like Julie Andrews/London.
  5. Finally, click on the Save button so we can all see and respond to it. You'll also see an area called Describe your changes:. You're free to ignore that.


Let's go!


Jim @ Davenport, FL (near Walt Disney World)


P.S. Let's save the Comments area at the bottom of the wiki screen for later after everyone has entered a new guideline on the list.

Class Netiquette Guidelines



  1. Some people consider an online classroom to be a casual learning environment. And while it is, that doesn't mean that spelling, grammar, and proofreading are not important as they lead to clarity. Please use the spellchecker. 
  2. Don't be afraid to be yourself. The occasional bit of self-disclosure can help your colleagues understand you and your responses better.  
  3. Think before you "speak," including the tone you use in your writing. Since you can't see the person you're talking to, you can't tell how something has been taken. Whatever you type is more or less permanent and could be potentially damaging if stated unprofessionally.  Jim @ Davenport, FL
  4.  Avoid sarcasm; it can be misinterpreted easily. Crystal @ Howell, NJ
  5. Clarity is necessary; brevity divine. Mike @ Point Clear, AL
  6. Anecdotes are great - when directly connected to or exemplifying the topic at hand. Janet  (MN) 
  7. Before writing/posting, read previous entries by your classmates first to avoid repetition.  Kyle (Madison, WI) 
  8. If you're going to write a big chunk of text, make sure it's readable: appropriate font, color, and styleBecky @ Edmonds, WA

  9. Avoid the 'I agree' type comments. Be sure your readers can understand your post as a stand alone item. Erick (Appleton, WI)
  10. Refrain from using text message abbreviations and emoticons Lisa@Kentucky 
  11. Remember although Discussion Board allows us to interact in an informal way, scholarly writing practices are still expected and therefore it is important to Cite Your Sources  when posting.  For example:
    1. In-text citation for a quotation
      1. Matheson, Wilkinson, & Gilhooly (2012) stated, "The online learning environment can offer educators new opportunities for adapting learning and teaching, and offers students a richer learning environment" (para.1).
    2. In-text citation for a paraphrase
      1.  (Matheson, Wilkinson, & Gilhooly, 2012) or Matheson, Wilkinson, & Gilhooly (2012) believes that an online setting can enhance and enrich the learning experience for teachers and students. 
    3. Reference/Reference page citation
      1. Matheson, R., Wilkinson, S., & Gilhooly, E. (2012). Promoting critical thinking and collaborative working through assessment: combining patchwork text and online discussion boards. Innovations In Education & Teaching International, 49(3). 257-267.
      2. or Matheson, R., Wilkinson, S., & Gilhooly, E. (2012, August 1).  Re:  Class Netiquette Guidelines [Online forum comment].  Retrieved from http://assessonline.pbworks.com/w/page/33498330/FrontPage  JeanneG/VABeach 
  12. Don't SHOUT BY USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.  Cyndy @ Ada, Ohio
  13. Don't be afraid to disagree with your classmates, just do so in a respectful manner.  Tania/MN 
  14. Please make sure that the font size is large enough for people to read.  Connie@Spencer, Wisconsin   
  15. Feel free to share short stories and experiences related to discussion topics.  This promotes class camaraderie and learning connections.  Jen-Menomonie, WI 
  16. I normally tell my students to get to the point without fluff words/sentences.  Simon/columbus, ga
  17. Don't forget that everyone comes from different backgrounds, living in different areas and even time zones!  Taylor @ GB, WI
  18. Always wait 24 hours before replying to an emotionally charged email or post.  After time for reflection, you'll be in a much more emotionally stable place.  Allison in Huntington Beach.

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