EdTech 521: Scavenger Hunt

EdTech 521

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 usesthe 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.  Please send a copy of your answers to Kimberlyhefty@u.boisestate.edu

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

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.

Network Etiquette

Netiquette Introduction

The Core Rules of Netiquette

  1. In your own words, what is netiquette?
  2. What are the core “rules” of netiquette? In your opinion, what 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.

  1. What additional rules do they address? Are they important? Why or why not?

Emoticons and abbreviations are common today. Take a moment to review the following sites:

We Must Stop Emoticons


US News

  1. Where and when are emoticons appropriate to use?

Bullying is a very serious issue in schools today. Please visit Stop Bullying.

  1. In your own words, define cyber bullying.
  2. What are the possible effects of cyber bullying?

What have you learned?

10. Take a moment to take the netiquette quiz. What was your score?

11. Do you have any questions about the ISD online policies, netiquette or cyber bullying?


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 fromhttp://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 fromhttp://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







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