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Guidelines for using online forums

Honour code

By registering in the online Research Methodology and Ethics Diploma course, you agree: that completion of all assessments activities (homework, assignments, discussion forums) will represent your own work (unless collaboration is expressly permitted); acknowledge any and all external sources used in your work; refrain from any activity that would dishonestly or fraudulently improve your results or disadvantage others in the course; refrain from disclosing answers to assessments, problems, assignments and homework to others; maintain only one user account and not let anyone else use your username and/or password; and not access or attempt to access any other user's account, or misrepresent or attempt to misrepresent your identity while using the Sites.

Rules for Online Conduct

You agree to use the website in accordance with all applicable laws. You further agree that you will not e-mail or post any of the following contents anywhere on the Site, or on any other  Al Neelain computing resources:

  • Content that defames or threatens others
  • Harassing statements or content that violates federal or state law
  • Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them
  • Content that infringes another's intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks or trade secrets
  • Content related to partisan political activities
  • Material that contains obscene (i.e. pornographic) language or images
  • Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation
  • Content that is otherwise unlawful
  • Intentionally misleading or inaccurate content

Guidelines for using online forums:

  • Proactively engage with discussions and build relationships with members. The aim of the discussion forum is to improve your critical thinking abilities and to show your ability to deal with different issues related to research and ethics.
  • Refrain from engaging in online arguments or flame wars. It’s good to take part in discussions and present your views, but remember this is about building a positive reputation. A good rule of thumb is to not type something you wouldn’t say outright in a personal conversation.
  • Be Brief; try to use simple understandable language, in well-organized paragraphs; imagine a single paragraph of a thousand words, which, in the worst of cases, lacks punctuation. Frustration!
  • Again, you can make it easy for people to scan your message and quickly reply. Use short sentences. Pack them into short paragraphs of no more than 6 sentences. Try to keep your message as brief as 6 short sentences – and please stay on topic!
  • Spell Check & Proof Reading; we are all human, we can all misspell words, please use the spell checkers on the computer. Proof reading, on the other hand, is something you have to do manually. It helps you notice missing words, bad grammar, typos that change the meaning of a word and are thus not caught by your spell checker, e.g. use vs. sue, or missing punctuation, which can change the meaning of an entire sentence. Above all, a well written message with proper spelling and punctuation is a pleasure to read and makes you look competent.
  • DO NOT SHOUT; Typing in all CAPITALS or UPPER CASE letters is the written equivalent of yelling or shouting. Obviously, shouting at someone is very rude. So please turn off the CAPS LOCK when communicating in writing online. If for some reason you cannot turn it off, do mention it to avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
  • It is OK to occasionally mention your work as long as the way you do it is sensitive and respectful to the community. People don’t like to be sold to so sometimes just being seen as a thoughtful, positive and friendly person is enough to sell a few copies of your book.
  • Be courteous; remember that there is a human being on the other side of the screen, too. They deserve to be treated with respect and courtesy, just as you would like to be treated. Moreover, everything you do online is on record and can haunt you for years to come.
  • View online spaces just like real life settings.
  • Have fun and enjoy studying!