April 20, 2006

Netiquette in our syllabi

The abstract below is from Inside Higher Education:

"In response to greater access to technology and growing expectations of students, some faculty have begun setting out explicit guidelines in their syllabi regarding how and when technology should be used. The perceived importance of "netiquette" is increasing as students come to campus with greater numbers of Internet-connected devices and with ideas that often differ from those of faculty about the appropriate use of e-mail and other tools. At the University of Oregon, Lamia Karim, assistant professor of anthropology, and Sarah McClure, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology, have added language to their syllabi outlining what they see as legitimate uses of e-mail, as well as describing the sorts of messages they will not tolerate. In addition to stipulating a degree of formality typically absent from e-mail communication, the syllabi discourage students from using e-mail for insignificant questions or those that are already addressed in the syllabi. McClure advises her students not to use e-mail for questions that require "more than a single sentence response or a back-and-forth exchange." According to Karim, "E-mail has absolved the boundary between professors and student and made us into some kind of surrogate caretaker." Some criticize such attitudes and restrictions from faculty, arguing that communication--in whatever form it takes--is a responsibility of an instructor."
Inside Higher Ed, 19 April 2006

This article talks about "appropriate use of e-mail and other tools" and differing expectations of faculty and students. How do faculty here at the University feel about this topic and how do faculty here define inappropriate use of email, I wonder? Do students at the U have an opinion about what's appropriate and what's not?

Posted by bwahlstr at 9:11 AM