Community Ground Rules

9 Ground Rules for Online Learning

In an effort to ensure our learning community develops, thrives and sustains throughout our time together, the following ground rules will be in effect at all times.

As a student in this class, you agree to:

  1. Consider yourself a member of a community. A community is a group of individuals who work together to support a common goal or interest. We are working together to support the successful achievement of our learning outcomes.
  2. Log-in and participate regularly in group conversations and activities.
  3. Make every effort to manage your time and meet scheduled due dates. Not doing so will affect the interactive nature of this class.
  4. Treat the diverse contributions made by other community members with respect. Absolutely no hateful language will be tolerated in this class.
  5. Have patience and a sense of humor with technology.
  6. Be a learner. Keep an open mind when introduced to new ideas that may challenge your perceptions.
  7. Ask for help when you need it, and assist others when possible.
  8. Understand that communications shared through text have a higher likelihood of being misinterpreted than words that are spoken. Therefore, when you type a thought or a comment, read it carefully before you submit it. If you question the way it is worded, read it out loud to yourself. If you still question the way it's phrased, re-write it.
  9. Contribute regularly to group dialogue. The contributions of each individual plays a role in the collective strength and diversity of our community.

If a Ground Rule is Violated

If, at any time, you feel that any of these ground rules has been violated by a member of our community, you are encouraged to bring your concern directly and immediately to your instructor,

Dr. Safa Khan. Clearly identify which ground rule has been violated and include specific evidence of the violation in your email or communication with Dr. Khan. Your concerns will be addressed promptly and in an individualized manner.


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