Virtual Conference/Classroom Etiquette
Virtual Classroom Etiquette
Remember that virtual meetings are our virtual classroom, therefore all regular classroom policies apply. When in our virtual classroom remember the following etiquette rules:
- Do not share the URL and/or password of the class meeting.
- Find a quiet, private place to attend the meeting. If possible, avoid highly "personal" places such as bedrooms, bathrooms, or lounging on the couch. A desk or table is ideal and can help you retain your focus in the session.
- Be "camera ready" or presentable, wearing regular classroom or business appropriate attire. Avoid overly casual or suggestive clothing.
- No eating, smoking, or adult beverages are permitted in the virtual classroom.
- Avoid potentially offensive backgrounds (real or virtual).
- Treat your classmates, instructors and Instructional Assistants with respect.
- Limit video distractions such as children, pets, or excessive noise.
- Use proper grammar and spelling when using the chat. Avoid "text talk."
- Adhere to all Course Netiquette Rules and college conduct guidelines.
Preparing for a Virtual Classroom Session
The following tips will help you prepare for a virtual classroom session:
- Test all technology, including the web cam, internet and Wi-Fi connection, audio (headset, microphone, and/or speakers), and (if applicable) screen sharing before the meeting.
- Protect sensitive information. If you are sharing your screen make sure that only intended content is seen. Prior to hosting or attending a meeting, close all unnecessary tabs and apps, clear the browser to avoid potentially embarrassing auto-complete results, and ensure that nothing personal or sensitive is on the desktop.
- Open any material that will be shared, including audio, video, documents or websites, prior to the meeting. This will ensure that they are working, and help the meeting flow smoothly, avoiding unnecessary delays.
- Log into the meeting a few minutes early so that any technical issues can be addressed and resolved.
- Be mindful of and check your background and lighting.
- Ensure that there is nothing personal, potentially embarrassing or offensive in the video background. Use of a virtual background (if permitted) can help masquerade unsightly backgrounds.
- Check the lighting on the video. Avoid sitting with your back against a window, as well as, too little or too much direct light.
- Position your camera to show your face, avoid directing it too high or too low.
- Mute your audio if you are not speaking, and be mindful of background noise when you unmute to speak. Excessive background noise is distracting and disruptive to the class. Do not type while your microphone is unmuted, as it is loud and distracting. Look at the camera when you are speaking.
Tips for Success
- Stay seated and present during the virtual class. Pay attention and participate.
- Be ready for interaction. As with the physical classroom, be prepared to discuss course material and assignments, interact with your instructor and classmates, and ask questions.
- Do not interrupt other people when they are speaking or attempt to speak over them.
- Prepare for class by reading materials prior to the session, and formulating your questions.
- Turn off all notifications, and ensure your cell phone is turned off or on silent.
- Avoid multi-tasking during the class session. Do not work on other tasks, such as checking your Email, texting, gaming or working on other classwork. Give the class your full attention and focus.
- By attending a virtual class session, you are agreeing to adhere to the guidelines established above. The goal of these guidelines is to create the most supportive, inclusive, and productive learning environment possible for everyone per the Santa Ana College Student Conduct Guidelines.