Expectations and Netiquette* Scavenger Hunt
This scavenger hunt has been designed for high school students taking an online course through the ISD. It is designed to help them learn more about communicating in cyber space.
Internet scavenger hunts use the Internet to find answers to questions. This Internet scavenger hunt is a fun way to learn about the expectations for this course. In this hunt you will be clicking on the links (hyperlinks) provided to locate the answers to the questions. Open the attached copy of this document to complete as you work through this activity. Please send a copy of your answers to Kimberlyhefty@u.boisestate.edu
- Are you ready for online learning? Take this quiz to see if you are ready. What was your result? What do you feel you need to do to help you prepare to take an online course?
Students should indicate that they are prepared. Acceptable quiz results would be anything above 70%; students who indicate they score less should be conferenced with. Answers will vary about what they need help with.
- The ISD has specific policies regarding students taking online courses. Please review the district’s policies. Are you eligible? Briefly summarize, in your own words, the policies for high school students taking an online course as part of their regular schedule.
Students should indicate they are eligible. The district coordinator should be contacted if anyone indicates they are not eligible.
Key policies that should be identified are: 4 credit limit, grades appear on transcript, midterm and final exams will be proctored by the district.
- Every online course and program has a code of conduct. Please review this sample. Briefly summarize the 7 acts of dishonesty. Do you think these are universal? That is, do you believe that these would apply to any online program?
The 7 acts of dishonesty are: Plagiarism, sharing passwords, cheating, having someone else take your exams or complete your work, falsification, computer crimes, and inappropriate, use of email, discussion forums, or synchronous chat rooms
I would expect most students to find these rules universal and that they should apply to any online program
A critical component of taking an online course is your ability to communicate online through email, chat rooms, discussion boards and sometimes the synchronous environment. In order to do well in an online course it is critical that you understand what Netiquette is and how to apply it. Take a moment to review the following sites.
- In your own words, what is netiquette?
Answers will vary. Acceptable answers should include references to the internet and basic etiquette.
- What are the core “rules” of netiquette? In your opinion, what rule is most important?
The core rules are: treat others as you would like to be treated, remember everyone is a real person, respect each other, share your knowledge, control your temper, respect privacy, don’t abuse power, be forgiving.
Answers will vary as to which rule is most important.
There are many different lists of rules for netiquette, take a moment and review the article by Roblyer and Doering, Netiquette: Rules of Behavior on the Internet.
- What additional rules do they address? Are they important? Why or why not?
The authors address proper salutation etiquette and formatting, copy with caution; respond promptly, emoticons and intensifiers. Most students should see these as important additions. Explanations would be enhanced with specific examples.
Emoticons and abbreviations are common today. Take a moment to review the following sites:
- Where and when are emoticons appropriate to use?
Answers will vary. Answers should be specific and include examples.
Bullying is a very serious issue in schools today. Please visit Stop Bullying.
- In your own words, define cyber bullying.
This is the exact definition on this site, students should put it into their own words. “Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.”
- What are the possible effects of cyber bullying?
Use alcohol and drugs, Skip school, Experience in-person bullying, Be unwilling to attend school, Receive poor grades, Have lower self-esteem, Have more health problems
What have you learned?
- Take a moment to take the netiquette quiz. What was your score?
Acceptable scores should be above 70%
- Do you have any questions about the ISD online policies, netiquette or cyber bullying?
Answers will vary
Krohn, F. B. (2004). A generational approach to using emoticons as nonverbal communication. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 34(4), 321-328. Retrieved July 2, 2014 from http://baywood.metapress.com.libproxy.boisestate.edu/app/home/contribution.asp?referrer=parent&backto=issue,5,6;journal,38,171;linkingpublicationresults,1:300326,1
Rice, K. (2012). Making the move to K-12 online teaching: Research-based strategies and practices. Boston: Pearson.
Roblyer, M., & Doering, A. (2013, July 24). Netiquette: Rules of Behavior on the Internet. Education.com. Retrieved July 6, 2014, from http://www.education.com/reference/article/netiquette-rules-behavior-internet/
Shea, Virginia. (2011). The Core Rules of Netiquette. Albion. Retrieved June 30, 2014 from http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html
*This project is an adaptation of the Netiquette Rules developed for EdTech 521 by myself, Ellen Scogin, Eric Zeznanski