Distance Learning Principles (1)
in the use of
conferencing, and mailing lists
1) feel free to use first names to personalize
2) Try to respond promptly to messages
that you receive. Once the peer-tutoring correspondence
pattern is set up, students have to let the other party know if they have
to be out of touch for a few days.
3) Be gentle with criticism.
4) For the sake of communication, don't
just talk about oneself in the mail; talk to the other party and
ask him/her questions.
5) Use descriptive titles: The subject
line tells people what your message is about before they read it.
People with limited time can decide whether to read it at that time, delete
it, or save it for later. The title space
is limited and they are truncated after
the space is filled, so keep them short and to the point.
6) When responding to a controversial
topic, you should carefully consider your response. You may
want to type it in a word processing program first, look it over, and then
copy and paste it into a message.
7) Be careful with humor & sarcasm:
it is easy for a remark meant to be funny to be misinterpreted without
the voice inflections and body language of personal communications.
If you use subtle humor, take steps to make sure the other party realize
you are trying to be funny. Use the set of symbols that net users
have developed to show emotions.
8) Don't give the other party's e-mail
address to others without permission.
B-) Happy face with glasses
:-( sad, unhappy