Top 5 Rules to Follow When in an Online College Course

I’m in the midst of taking an online college course and have taken notice to some very irritating, or more like straight forward dumb things people do.  I thought I’d enlighten you to this new world of ONLINE LEARNING and the rules you should follow when in such a classroom (yes it is still a classroom fyi).

  1. SPELLING – There is a reason someone invented this tool called spell check, and it wasn’t to just sit there unused on your computer!  I swear, people don’t spell check their comments or posts before pressing that enter button.  Just because we are in an online classroom does NOT mean you can type like you are chatting with friends via Facebook, Twitter, texting, etc.
  2. SPEAKING OF TWITTER – There are no hashtags.  The sooner you learn this, the better.  I can’t tell you enough how ridiculous you look being a college student and using that in your class discussions, or even assignments.  We are online but that doesn’t make it less important.  Once again, “just because we are in an online classroom does NOT mean you can type like you are chatting with friends via Facebook, Twitter, texting, etc.”
  3. WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT SOMETHING BEING LESS IMPORTANT? – Oh yeah, your grammar isn’t less important either!  Seriously people, you are in college.
  4. RESPECT EACH OTHER – It’s so easy to be rude and hateful to each other while online, but we are college students, in a college classroom, have some respect.  If you feel someone is attacking you, or not understanding what you’re saying, ask them like a mature adult.  Or, keep it to yourself before you make yourself look like a fool.
  5. READ QUESTIONS FULLY – I can’t tell you how many times I sit here and read so many posts that don’t even address the questions the professor asked.  Or, how many people don’t use transition words and sentences to address multiple questions.  Use them please!  My eyes hurt from reading your incredibly ill worded posts!

Adopt these 5 simple rules into your online learning and you’ll have a great semester!  Not to mention make your fellow classmates lives a bit easier as well 😉

With love from a frustrated college student,

PE

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