//Online Law School Netiquette

Online Law School Netiquette

The global pandemic may have affected our lives, but one thing is for sure, “learning never stops.”  We may get used to the usual face to face classes, but having distance learning is similar to regular classes. Here is some etiquette that we need to know when having online classes.

1. Be punctual.

It is essential to be on time for every online meeting. Like in regular face to face class, being early shows signs of respect for your professors and willingness to participate in discussions despite the distance learning set-up. You may boot up your devices in 15-30 minutes and make the necessary preparation to avoid cramming.

2. Dress accordingly.

Although most of us are in the comfort of our own home, it is important to be decent and professional-looking on camera. If you are not dressing half down, be mindful that you are just dressing half up.

3. Choose a good environment.

Have a clean and non-distracting background to be more presentable. Choosing a quiet place is also recommended to avoid unnecessary distractions during class. Being in a comfortable place is conducive to the online learning experience.

4. Always mute yourself, unmute if necessary.

This is necessary, especially if you are unable to find a quiet place around your area. You can mute yourself for the whole duration of the meeting, except when being called, to avoid interruptions.

5. As much as possible, turn on your camera.

If you are not on a data-capped plan, always turn your camera on. Turning on your camera is a  modern sign of respect to show you are present during the meeting. Turn off your camera when necessary, just like muting yourself, to avoid interruptions.

6. Address professors to their respective titles.

The appropriate way to address someone is with their proper title unless they want to be called differently. This is a common courtesy used in universities and industries.

7. Check your email regularly.

With distance learning, it is crucial to keep up with messages coming from your instructors. In this way, you are aware of changes in schedules, due dates, resources and announcements.

8. Double-check any submissions.

It is important to repeatedly check that you attached files and messages before sending them. Always check whether you submitted them correctly to avoid messages and files being drafted.