Creating a Positive Online Environment


Positive Postings - Please consider your words very carefully. There are real people on the other end receiving your written word. write in a positive nurturing tone so that others may grow from your input. One of the biggest lessons students can learn by working cooperatively is that no one sees the world quite the same way as you do and we can all learn from each other if we keep an open mind.

Flaming will not be Tolerated - Flaming is the posting of inconsiderate, hostile and/or disrespectful materials online. It is usually done when you are upset or angry. Take time to cool off before posting materials , especially when you don't feel your energetic positive self.

Keep it Clean - Anything posted online for the class should be G-rated.

Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior - The instructor may delete any email, discussion postings or replies if deemed inappropriate. A warning will be issued. Further occurrences will be reported as academic misconduct. Please check your college academic guidelines for consequences.


  1. Writing Tips
    • Think before posting
    • Keep everything G-Rated
    • Be positive and supportive
    • Have an open mind
    • Proof read and use spell check
  2. Discussion Board Tips
    • Post early in the week
    • Use interesting subject lines
    • Be positive and respectful even when you disagree
    • If you're angry- wait and think before you post
  3. How to Express Emotions Remember it is difficult to express human emotion in text communications. Think about using an emoticon to express yourself:
    • :-> means "Happiness"
    • :-) means "Smile"
    • :-( means "Sad"
    • :_6 means "Exhausted"
    • :-D means "Laughing"
    • :-I means "Pondering, or Impartial"
    • =^D means "Big Grin"

Think About...

Think About....

"You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime." -Dale Carnegie

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