Netiquette Code for DoDEA Virtual HS Online Courses

Learner Description: This netiquette code is designed for online high school students enrolled in DVHS online courses. Students may or may not have taken an online course before.

What is Netiquette?

Netiquette is a word formed from two other words: Internet and etiquette. You all know what the Internet is, but some of you may not know what etiquette is. Etiquette is an accepted code of social behavior ("Etiquette," n.d.); thus, netiquette is an accepted code that specifies the social behaviors of individuals and their communication on the Internet. Netiquette can apply to a variety of Internet communications; to include: email, chat rooms, discussion boards/forums, and more.

Why is netiquette important for the online classroom environment?

The online classroom environment is built solely on the Internet. All communications required for an online course occur over the Internet. In order to create a safe environment conducive to learning and collaboration, we must specify our code of acceptable social behavior, our netiquette.