This Etiquette Guide helps students know how to handle themselves in an appropriate manner in an online meeting. It is very important for students to be able to communicate online and this is something which should be taught to every student. Here are some of the guidelines for Classroom Etiquette. 

1. Respect Everyone’s Time:-

Punctuality is of utmost importance for an online meeting. As a student, you need to find out a system that works best for you, which allows you to be on the meeting, the minute it starts so that you don’t miss out on those initial important minutes of instruction.

2. Wear Proper Attire:-

When you are at home, you want to feel comfortable and wear casual clothes. However classroom etiquette requires that you must look presentable and professional. You must dress in a way that is modest, clean and avoids unnecessary distraction. An important aspect of online etiquette is that you have to share your screen through video {unless you are not well}in order to take part in classroom activities. You have to dress well and nightdress and any immodest clothing should be avoided.

3. Choose a good location:-

Classrooms, in a school, are clean and the focus is always on education. Therefore an important aspect of online classroom etiquette would be to check that the computer is kept in a place that is not only neat and tidy but also that there are no distractions around. If you have to study in the bedroom, then you have to make sure that the bed and other furniture are not seen in the background.

4. Mute Yourself if there is a lot of Noise in the Background:-

If you are sitting in a quiet place with your computer, but, suddenly, there is some background noise, then, immediately put yourself on mute by pressing the icon on the left that will mute your audio. Try to move away from that place if possible. If it is not possible for you to remove that background noise, then just mute yourself, and take your instructor into confidence by a private chat and let him know the situation you are in.

5. Be ready to Take Notes:-

Just as we take down notes while studying in school, so also you should be able to jot down notes and/or any important instructions given by the teacher. It is, of course, possible to ask by email or check the recording of the video or any other means of communication, but, it is very time-consuming. Moreover, at the end of the class, the teacher might give assignments and dos and dont’s for the next class.


6. Give your full, Focused Attention:-

In a school, it is compulsory for you to sit in a seat and listen to your teacher. There is no escape. Whereas in an online class, it is very tempting to switch off, for some time, the audio, video and then, maybe, just talk with somebody else or fiddle with your mobile rather than being present in the meeting. Maintaining eye contact with the screen is a good way to show your instructor that, you are attending the class unless of course, you are taking notes.

7. Participate Fully:-

Classroom etiquette demands that a student must sit upright and pay attention in class. But, in a virtual world, sometimes online etiquette for students requires you to be very passive, whereas classroom etiquette requires you to be active. If the teacher is leading the class in a discussion, it is important to speak up and share your thoughts. If the teacher is just giving instructions to you, then pay close attention to what the instructions are and jot down diligently.

8. Don’t dominate the discussion:-

Some students are very enthusiastic and want to participate in every discussion. This, is fine, as long as you give others a chance, to discuss. It is okay if there is a short silence in the class.

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9. Do ask Questions:-

Teachers are always there to help you and to solve your queries so always make it a point to ask questions. You may never know but your questions can also be somebody else’s questions and you have managed to indirectly help him.

10. Review your Notes and the Recordings Later:-

In other words, it is classroom etiquette, to do your homework and revise your lessons. In a virtual world, it can be very tempting to put off assignments for days on end. However this can have a spiral effect, because not only do you have to finish yesterday’s assignment, but you have to finish today’s assignment also as well as complete tomorrow’s assignment when you get it. Avoid the panic by completing all your assignments.

11. Check your Mail Regularly:-

Online Etiquette also calls upon you to check your mail regularly, because your instructor would be emailing you assignments and instructions on a regular basis.

12. Apologise for any Accidental Breach of Etiquette:-

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If you do break any of the online etiquette guidelines—eg:- dominating the discussion or not being on time or there being a lot of background noise, then apologize immediately. If you do not apologize, then your instructor might just have to tell you to make sure that it does not happen again.

13. Cite your Sources:-

When you are sharing an idea that is not your own, always let your audience know where you saw it first.

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14. Be Forgiving:-

Not everyone is net-savvy. We are learning, therefore try and understand that somebody might have problems with a written communication which is much more complicated than speaking with a person face to face.


With the above online etiquette guidelines in our minds, authorities must remember that this is an intimidating time for students and they need reassurances from their parents and teachers and not punishment and the extra set of rules and regulations.

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Q-1.  Can an important and urgent Message be written in All Caps? It is very easy for online text to be misunderstood. Do you know, that when you write your message in All Caps, it, literally means that you are screaming at the other person? Tip: Try to read out loud, before, sending your message.

Q-2.  Privacy: Can you send any private messages online? Always remember, that there is nothing private online.

Q-3. Is it necessary to be respectful:- If you are not going to say something to somebody to his face, then, don’t say it online either.

Q-4.  Do Grammar and Spelling Matter?:- It is completely okay to text your friends: how r u? But, classroom etiquette requires you to be formal. Also, be careful with humor and sarcasm.

Q-5. Can one share inappropriate material?:-

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