Virtual Classrooms. Your rights and responsibilities.

Apr 21, 2020


At TAFE SA, we are committed to providing an environment where all participants are engaged in safe, respectful, fair and inclusive learning opportunities. 

In this ‘new normal’ blended delivery model, a percentage of classes are delivered via online platforms like Collaborate, Microsoft Teams, Skype and Zoom. This brings a new element to class norms and agreed standards of behaviour. All communication is governed by TAFE SA policy and procedure, government legislation and the law. 

Online classes are often recorded so students can review material or catchup if they missed a class. Use of respectful behaviour in both the video and chat elements of these platforms is essential. The online environment is the same as being onsite in a classroom. 

Our Student Policies and Responsibilities provide information on the expected code of behaviour and the policies that address behaviour in all TAFE SA learning forums. 

  • Access and Equity 
  • Discrimination 
  • Harassment and Bullying
  • Health and Safety 
  • Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment 
  • Student Code of Behaviour
  • Student Conduct and Disciplinary Policy 

TAFE SA Netiquette

The BBC website defines the word netiquette as a word that is a combination of ’net’ (from internet) and ‘etiquette’.  It means respecting other users’ views and displaying common courtesy when posting your views to online discussion groups.

Tips for online discussions

Here are some tips on how to practice conventual ‘netiquette’ in the TAFE SA online environment: 

  • Treat all staff and students with respect.  Follow organisational and student policies.
    TAFE SA policies on student conduct and code of behaviour can be found here.
  • Consider language and the phrases you use.  It is recommended that you take the time to check for terminology, unintended tone, grammar and spelling before submitting any comments.
  • Avoid slang, inappropriate language or abbreviations.
  • Use proper punctuation and grammar. 
  • Avoid using capital letters in communications.  This is deemed as aggressive or shouting.
  • Remember that written comments are not always interpreted or understood by everyone in the same way.
  • Your lecturer will establish online classroom norms that define what is acceptable within the class group.
  • Contact your lecturer directly via email or telephone when addressing personal situations or concerns.  Do not use online forums that are shared resources.
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