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Online Learning Guidelines

Netiquette Guidelines

Netiquette is a way of defining professionalism, ensuring mutual respect and establishing a code of conduct for online discussions, assignments, emails or other online activities.

Here are some guidelines for the online classroom environment:

  • Remember in all your online communication that the recipient is another human being.
  • Respect other people’s time and opinions by not dominating any discussion. Bullying any classmate is unacceptable behavior.
  • Use proper and respectful language, refraining from any off-color jokes, insults or threats. Any derogatory or inappropriate comments are unacceptable and subject to the same disciplinary action that they would receive if they occurred in the physical classroom.
  • Remember that writing in all caps is the equivalent of yelling.
  • Never make fun of someone’s ability to read or write.
  • Use correct spelling and grammar.
  • Review your writing before posting or submitting. Always think before you select the Send/Submit button.
  • Keep an open mind and be willing to express even your minority opinion.
  • Respect other people’s privacy by not sharing or spreading inappropriate, sensitive or private information.
  • Uphold the Queens Honor Code.

When recording videos or attending web meetings, follow these helpful guidelines:

  • Dress appropriately and professionally. Present yourself just as you would for an in-person meeting.
  • Set up the lighting so that your face is brightly lit. Typically, this means having a light source in front of you, not behind you.
  • Adjust the camera so that it is at your eye level, being sure that your entire head and shoulders are in view. Avoid camera angles that look up, down or that crop off portions of your head.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings. Provide a neutral, neat, and distraction free background.
  • Maintain eye contact with the camera, not with the screen. Doing so will help the audience feel you are engaging directly with them.
  • When attending group web meetings, mute your microphone when you are not speaking. This will reduce ambient noise and unwanted feedback for all participants.

Technical Requirements

For best performance, students should access the LMS with a computer that supports the most recent browser versions. It is recommended to use a computer five years old or newer with at least 1GB of RAM.

Operating System

Our LMS only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up-to-date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.

Internet Speed

It is recommended to have a minimum Internet speed of 512kbps.

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome 81 and 83
  • Firefox 76 and 77 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Edge 81 and 83
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)

Recommended Screen Readers by Browser

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Firefox)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome

Online Accessibility

Queens University of Charlotte makes deliberate efforts to select software products that will be accessible to all users. The following list represents applications in widespread use at the university as of September 2022.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of all digital tools in use.

Media Applications

Productivity Applications

Research Applications

Teaching & Learning Applications