Tips and Etiquette for Virtual Classes
Tips on participation for
getting most out of the course
We want to
make your Virtual Class an educational AND enjoyable experience. If this is
your first time experiencing online learning, it can be a challenge, so be
prepared and make the most of your time with us.
Some handy Tips before you join the Virtual
- Ensure you have tested your
connectivity and are prepared to begin.
- You have
opened all the links to applications as provided by email
- Your Audio
- You have printed off the Give it a go document as sent
- Turn off other notifications
that pop up. e.g. In Outlook turn OFF the email notifications that come in.
Outlook 2013 or 2016:
- Go to the File tab
- Select Options.
- Select Mail.
- In the message arrival section, un-check Display a Desktop Alert
- Ensure your calendar shows you
are busy. Let your co-workers and boss know you are on an on-line course.
- If you are in an open
workspace, put a physical note at your workstation to say
‘on-course until x time’ to avoid in-person interruptions.
- Close down all other programs
on your computer, especially email.
- Turn OFF your phone (don't
just put it on Vibrate), include an Out Of Office Message if required.
- Visit the restroom, and have
water on hand.
- Commit to being present.
can be quite different when you are participating in online, instructor-led
classes as opposed to in-person classes where you can read body language cues
and immediate feedback.
Here are some
common-sense rules for good online etiquette that will provide a great online
learning experience where everyone is clearly understood.
. Remember your instructors and classmates are
real people who are sitting at a computer just like you and who can be
affected by the words you say and write.
If you wouldn't say it to a person's face, don't say it online
, all caps and exclamation points. These can
appear rude, even if you aren't intending them to be. It's a good idea to
read everything aloud if before you send it.
- Watch humour
. While we love your sense of humour, just be clear
you are being funny and not rude. Emoticons and smileys can be helpful for
- Grammar and
spelling do matter.
Keep it formal and professional in an educational
setting such as this. Keep the 'textspeak' for friends and social
- Be tolerant. Some
people struggle with written communication. Remember how different it is
- Join in.
Conversations are as important online, as they are in person. You can show
your agreement by a simple statement, or thumbs up, and writing your
thoughts into the chat window. Remember your ideas and questions will not
only help YOU learn, but enhance the experience for everyone
- Self-Learning is
part of the course material. We will be reviewing the assigned self-learning
activities during following sessions. To get the most from the course, Please
block out time in your diary to do it accordingly. The expected time is in the
calendar invite you will receive and also on the course outline page.
- Only do the exercises when you get to them - it's important to watch instructor, rather than trying to do it at the same time. There is dedicated time for you to have a go yourself.
- Attend each and every Virtual Class in the series. Some build on others, and all of them are important and not recorded. If you cant make it, you can let us know via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by replying to the calendar invite.
- Utilise the Course Materials AFTER the training. These provide contextual slides and videos to reinforce your learning.
- Complete the Quiz's to assess what you have learnt.
- Provide feedback - we want to improve on our courses and value all your feedback.
- Have fun! We have included lots of interactivity to get you all excited about topics we also are passionate about….learning is fun - enjoy the experience.