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Rules, Policies, and Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to pace their learning according to the posted course assignments.

It is expected that interactive learning and teaching will enrich the learning experience of all students, and that each student will work together to create a positive learning experience for all. Student engagement is a necessary condition for an effective learning experience, and includes contributions to debate and discussion (if any), positive interactive learning with others, and an enthusiastic attitude towards inquiry. Everyone is expected to be a positive contributor to the class learning community, and students are expected to share the responsibility of teaching each other.


Keep in mind that when communicating through text in an online course, your body language and tone cannot always be taken into account by others. This makes the words you use even more important. While you should feel free to express your ideas as you would in a face-to-face course, the following tips should help you as you communicate inside your course:

DON'T SHOUT! Typing in all caps indicates shouting and might be offensive to others.

Check your writing for grammar and spelling errors. Nobody's perfect, but a good writing style will make a better reflection on you and your ideas. Use general systematic options to check your spelling before sending/posting communication in an online course.

Treat your classmates with respect in terms of their privacy and of their opinions. Ask for clarification if you don't understand what another classmate means or if you feel there might be a conflict.

Keep it polite and maintain all discussions in the context of a classroom where we are all learning from each other in order to help each other achieve a positive and valuable learning experience.

Think before you write. Words live for a long time on the Internet, including to some extent in an online class. While you should feel free to express your opinions and participate in class discussions, it is a good idea to think first about the consequences before posting.

Use proper language and titles. Do not use slang or even profane words in an online education environment, even if they are words you consider, "not so bad," as they may sound offensive to the reader.

Be Professional. Leave the characters like smiley faces, and instant message abbreviations out. Save it for personal conversations or definitely ask for permission before using them. They may be interpreted as childish or too casual for the online education environment. Lastly, always say please and thank you to demonstrate requests or appreciation versus making statements that might sound like demands, as your colleagues are there to facilitate your learning experiences.

Avoid Spam. Any information not related to the course should not be posted unless it adds to the overall learning experience and course topics. No advertising, selling or soliciting will be accepted.

Statement of Understanding between FIU Open Education and Student

Every student must respect the right of all to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students must adhere to a standard of academic conduct, demonstrating respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. As a student taking this class:

  • I will not represent someone else's work as my own.

  • I will not cheat, nor will I aid in another's cheating.

  • I will be honest in my academic endeavors.

Failure to adhere to the guidelines stated above may result in one of the following:

  • Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the course, preventing readmission to any FIU Open Education courses.

  • Suspension: Temporary separation of the student from being able to enroll for any FIU Open Education course for a specific period of time.


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