"Plagiarism is presenting as your own the facts, theories, or language, either quoted or paraphrased, of another. Instructors at Northern State University expect any writing by students to be their own work. Other writers’ facts, theories, or language incorporated into student work must be properly acknowledged or documented according to a standard guide to documentation; otherwise, the student is guilty of plagiarism. Penalty for submitting plagiarized work will be determined by the faculty member involved and may be dismissal from the institution, a failing grade in a course, or a failing grade on an assignment."
Online communication can be frustrating at times. To ease this frustration when participating in a distance course, there are certain rules that one should follow. By engaging in basic on-line etiquette (netiquette) you can make your online experience more enjoyable for others in the class and yourself.
1. Avoid using too many acronyms. The basic acronyms (abbreviations for a phrase) are OK to use as long as they are common ones. Here are a few examples.
• HTML is commonly known as Hypertext Markup Language
• CPU is commonly known as Central Processing Unit
• OEM may not be commonly known as Original Equipment Manufacturer
• Although many may know that the acronym SSL refers to a secure site, they may not know it stands for Secure Sockets Layer
2. Make sure that what your communication is clearly written and understandable.
3. Don't spend too much time drafting. You want to make it informal unless you are submitting an assignment.
4. Keep you messages concise.
5. When responding to a specific question or comment make sure that you state this in your message. For example: "In response to...".
6. Avoid sarcasm while communicating via e-mail, chat or bulletin boards. Viewers are not always able to detect sarcasm or a joking manner without seeing facial expressions.
7. If the correspondence does not require you to answer, it is courteous to send an acknowledgement that you did receive the message. This will prevent frustration on the part of the sender.
8. Check your e-mail or bulletin board at least once a day. This is especially prevalent to individuals working on a group project.
9. Follow basic language guidelines. Do not use offensive or harsh language and use proper sentence structure.
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