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Proper Written Correspondence
« on: July 28, 2011, 11:06:55 am »
It is imperative that your written word best represent your thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Essentially, the written word represents you! In an online environment, we rely on the written word for assignments, postings to the discussion board, and interaction with peers or facilitators. Below are some hints or guidelines for great written communication:


  • Include your name, course number/name, date, session and facilitator name with every assignment.

  • Proofread your work before final submission (ie spell check and grammar)

  • Complete assignments in the third person, unless your personal opinion is required
    Be aware at the beginning of each new session your new instructor?s late work policy and follow it for that course.


  • As stated in each classroom, create a meaningful critique. You may find it beneficial to identify one strength and one area of concern for each of your peers.

  • Do complete your critiques early in the week. Your peers will not be able to use your suggestions if you post late on Day 7.
  • Although the discussion board is more conversational and informal, still maintain a level of professionalism


  • Address the email with proper salutation (i.e., ?Hello,? ?Good Morning,? etc.)
  • Be sure to include a subject in the subject line
  • Avoid all-caps messages as it implicates shouting
  • Close the email with a complimentary closing (i.e., ?Thank you,? ?Sincerely,? ?Kindly,? etc.)
  • Always sign your name and course at the close of the email. This makes it easy for the facilitator to identify you quickly; otherwise the facilitator will need to cross reference your name and email address