Follow these seven simple online classroom etiquette rules and tips by the expert Niraalee Shah, CEO India, The British School of Etiquette India.
Schools going virtual and all students’ classes being online classes have likely been a part of your daily school routine for some time now. Online Classroom Etiquette is a whole new ball game compared to physical school for students.
To help you keep online teaching productive and professional, follow these seven simple online classroom etiquette rules and tips:
- Leave the keyboard alone
Whether you’re diligently taking notes or sneakily chatting with your bestie, the sound of your typing is distracting. It’s not only distracting everyone else in the meeting (because your laptop’s internal microphone is inches away from your keyboard), it’s also preventing you from devoting your full attention to the meeting. Opt for a quality headset or pick up your notebook and pencil or pen to take notes.
- Please don’t make keyboard noises which taking notes
- Refrain from searching other mediums like watching a movie on YouTube while you are on a long Zoom meeting or webinar
- Keep your writing stationery ready in advance
- Dress appropriately
Dresses professionally take a few minutes to throw on your uniform. The best part of actually getting into your uniform while online schooling remotely is that you’ll put yourself in the right head space to be productive.
- Wear your uniform
- Look presentable
- Make sure your hair is well groomed
- Be aware of your surroundings
Your co friends won’t be able to hear your ideas or take you seriously when there is a pile of dirty clothes in the corner behind you. You also want to avoid looking like you work from the inside of a cave because of bad lighting. Adjust your work setup so that you face a window or are exposed to plenty of light. And make sure your background is professional and work appropriate! This means:
- No beds (unmade or made) in the background
- No messy rooms or open closets where everyone can see your clutter
- Please make sure the background is clear
- No younger kids crying or screaming in the background
- No pets barking or chirping on the background
- Please kindly create a professional background for your webinars
- Mute your microphone when you’re not talking
There’s nothing more frustrating than hearing that alien echo noise from conflicting microphones. Save everyone from the ear-splitting madness by joining the meeting while on mute!
Unless you live alone, your house is probably pretty noisy these days. Muting your microphone when you’re not speaking gives other participants the ability to chime in and share their thoughts without distraction or frustration.
- Keep your microphone always muted
- Please inform your colleagues if you have a audio problem
- Speak up
When you enter your new online classroom (around two to five people) announce yourself when you join. It can be awkward to hear the “someone-just-joined” ding followed by silence.
Don’t be afraid to project your voice, too! Your friends and teachers will appreciate being able to hear you without having to strain their ears or turn their volume all the way up.
- Keep your introduction simple and to the point
- Introduce yourself
Hello ! My name is Aaryan Shah
- Be loud and clear
- Talk to the point and keep to the topic
- Be specific
- No food during Online School
Try not to eat a snack during your online school. No one wants to see you stuff your mouth with chips while discussing assignments. Not only is it distracting to others, you won’t be able to focus on the task at hand because you’ll be worrying about dropping crumbs all over your keyboard.
Please don’t eat while you are on a school ZOOM meeting
Please refrain from chewing anything while in engaging in webinars or ZOOM meeting
Please go ahead and eat when you have snack sharing day in school. Remember to keep your mouth closed while chewing.
- Stay seated and stay present
It may be tempting to check your inbox or carry on a side conversation during a dull moment in a meeting, but don’t do it! You might miss out on key information or an opportunity to give input. If you’re using your webcam, use attentive body language: sit up straight, don’t make big extraneous movements, and don’t let your eyes wander too much.
- Make sure you seated in one place
- Please don’t leave the meeting and off your video without informing your teachers
- Make sure you sitting upright and straight
- Make sure you are paying attention to the discussion and not engaged in other errands while you on the Zoom meeting or webinar
- Please don’t check your smartphone whilst on Zoom meeting or webinars
- Please don’t answer your mobile phone whilst on a Zoom meeting or webinar
- Camera should be on always
- Always complete your assignments
There’s nothing more irritating (and frustrating and not productive) than being present in online school with incomplete or no assignments uploaded to the drive. The teachers are spending their whole day with you and you can show them the respect by completing your assignments on time.
- Test equipment
Don’t wait until a couple of minutes before your online school to sign in.
On cell phones: Make sure you have:
- A strong signal
- No interference
On a computer
Use a wired connection rather than Wi-Fi
- Make sure the computer camera works (or is uncovered)
- Make sure the speakers work
- Make sure the microphone works
Even if it says you’re connected to the platform, make sure you actually are. Test your video and audio before the online school starts (hence the tip to sign on early enough to do this). Allow even more time in case there is something to download beforehand or in case you have an unexpected update.
10. Report your absence
If you are not going to be present on online school, or if you’re going to be late, inform the teachers or ask your parents to email the teachers.
Being seen on video is an important element of online Classroom etiquette, “It’s important for students to keep their video on as much as possible, particularly in the current context.
An important thing to remember, the report noted, is make sure that what’s going to be discussed is relevant to at least three people in the classroom. Otherwise, send an email on the topic or conduct a smaller meeting. “Being mindful of time is key to Online Classroom Etiquette.
It’s bad Online Classroom Etiquette to be called on and be unprepared. It’s also a missed opportunity. Have notes in your book next to you, and bookmark anything you need for reference. Clear your desktop of unnecessary things.
If it’s a check-in or update meeting, discuss your current project and any recent accomplishment (it should go without saying, but don’t brag or pat yourself on the back too much). Be clear and concise, and if you’re uncomfortable with speaking to a group, practice beforehand. Let your friends know that if they have questions, you’ll answer them.
“Be on time!”
13.Choose a quiet location
It’s easy to forget that there is a mic picking up not only your voice, but if you decide to eat/chew something, that sound will come through. If you make a cuppa tea, the sound of your cabinet opening and the dinging of the microwave will be amplified. Wait until the meeting is over. “Ambient noises can come through on your computer microphone, if it’s not silenced,”
And like most things, location, location, location: If you live on a busy street, if your meeting coincides with trash pickup, if you live next to a preschool (or it sounds like it), choose a different room to take the meeting. Sit somewhere with plenty of daylight, we tend to feel more comfortable and look better–especially on an integrated laptop camera–in spaces with lots of natural light.