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  • Carefully read and think about your peers’ ideas, questions, suggestions, and comments. Aspire to posts that push past “I agree.” Share why you agree or disagree.
  • Think and edit before you push the “Send” button.
  • Maintain an appropriate tone and stay on topic to further productive discussions.
  • Be professional and sincere in your communication, whether through email, in discussion forums or other online communication.
  • Keep paragraphs short and to the point to help with readability.
  • Avoid using all lowercase letters or “texting” language. (ex. BRB, IMHO).
  • *Asterisks* surrounding a word can be used to make a stronger point.
  • Avoid writing in all caps. It translates as yelling.
  • Respectfully disagree with ideas. Do not attack your peers because their ideas are different from or contrary to your own.
  • Keep an open mind and be willing to express even your minority opinion. Minority opinions have to be respected.
  • Respect the privacy of your peers. Don’t republish (i.e. cut and paste content from our discussions to other social networking forums) or discuss conversations that take place in our classroom site.
  • Only attach information (i.e. documents, images, videos, etc.) that is appropriate to the educational setting.
  • Remember that you are not anonymous. Be careful with online communications.
  • One of the advantages of asynchronous learning is the ability to log on at any time. But remember that others are not online 24 hours a day. Replies to your posts/questions may not be instantaneous.
  • At the UW, diversity and inclusion are core values and priorities. We accept and learn from the differences that are represented through the many diverse and minoritized communities in our community. Be aware of and sensitive to the diversity of your classmates and instructors. Ensure your comments are inclusive to all participants.
  • Don’t abandon the discussion after you’ve posted your minimum number of posts. Read through the posts of others and continue your engagement. Discussion isn’t about performing; it’s about learning.
  • Do not hesitate to ask questions or ask for feedback.
  • Using humor is acceptable but be mindful that not everyone shares the same sense of humor and some forms of humor, especially sarcasm, don't come across well in online interactions.