1. Be prepared for each class (I promise to show up dressed and ready and expect the same from you. The naked mental image of me lecturing will now haunt you for the rest of your days). 2. Show respect for all people, their opinions, beliefs, religions, etc. I enjoy a good discussion, but I will not tolerate rudeness or disrespect for others (a good discussion means that you use Critical Thinking Skills combined with facts and support while refusing to use flawed logic or name-calling). 3. Be Friendly, Positive and Self- Reflective: When people cannot see you, and also do not know you, feelings can be hurt if you are not careful in how you express yourself. The old saying, think before you speak is important here. Think before you write. One word of advice is, do not respond when you feel angry. Wait. Write it down somewhere and come back to it. When you do, you may find that you no longer feel the same way as you did when you wrote it, because you have had time to reflect about the situation. Last, if you still feel the need to be heard, then edit before you post, and write it in terms that are easily embraced. This is also true when you feel a critique is necessary; say it in a positive tone. Reread what you have written to be sure it is positive. 4. Use Proper Language and Titles: Do not use slang or profane words in an education environment, even if they are words you consider, "not so bad," as they will sound offensive to the reader. Do not refer to your professor as "Doc" or by his or her first name, unless it is acceptable with him or her to do so. Also, do not use caps lock when typing. It insinuates YELLING. That would hurt someone's feelings and possibly give him (or her) the wrong impression of you. 5. Use Effective Communication: Say what you mean to say. This takes practice and thoughtful writing. Try to speak and write clearly at all times. Again, reread before you respond. Define and restate your words when necessary. Correct a...
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