e-Ethics Students - Lesson 4

Lesson #4: Avoiding unethical conduct in online learning environments

About this lesson
On previous lesson we reviewed communication, collaboration and participation in online environments. We also introduced to netiquette, acronyms and emoticons used to communicate in a faster ways. In this lesson, we will end this module with some examples of academic integrity violations and unethical behavior.

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Avoiding unethical conduct in online learning environments
Here we provide a list of recommendations to unethical conduct and keep a high academic integrity in the online environment.


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  • Know your rights and what is expected of at the beginning of any class
  • Find out if a code of conduct is already in place at your institution
  • Understand the consequences of unethical behavior
  • Do not discuss personal issues regarding course content, amount of work, grades, and so forth, by way of open class communication. Instead, communicate directly with the instructor.
  • Refrain from using words such as “offends, insults, or angers” to get your point across
  • Remember that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, not matter how “wrong” that opinion might be.
  • Do not use the code of conduct as an excuse for not participating in discussions
  • Remember that you are responsible on your own learning

About online communication, keep in mind the following recommendations provided by NETEtiquette Site:


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Core Rules of Netiquette

  • Rule 1: Remember the Human
  • Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
  • Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
  • Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
  • Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
  • Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
  • Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
  • Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
  • Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
  • Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes

Finally, remember to think before posting something on the web. You are responsible about what you post in the web.

Look at the following video Think before you post


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