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SLIDE: Student Learning in a Digital Environment: Module 3: Online Communication & Collaboration

Aims & Objectives

In this module, you will:

  • Understand your responsibilities when communicating online
  • Understand how to communicate and behave online
  • Recognise the "rules" when participating in an online discussion board, and online classes and meetings
  • Understand the strategies for effective group work online

When you finish the module, you will be able to:

  • Write professionally structured emails to lecturers, tutors and other support staff
  • Engage and participate in online discussion boards
  • Engage and participate in online classes and meetings
  • Engage and participate effectively in online group work

What’s in this module?

  1. Online netiquette
  2. Email etiquette
  3. Discussion board basics
  4. Online classes and meetings 
  5. Online group work


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The Online Communication & Collaboration Module maps to the following strategies within the Digital Literacy Framework:

    Strategy 3.2
Ensure curriculum incorporates information about digital safety and respect of others when communicating in digital environments and the risks of sharing information.
    Strategy 4.3
Equip students with the skills to be able to communicate with other students in digital learning and social environments, e.g. online discussions, webinars, social media, virtual worlds.
    Strategy 5.4
Ensure students are aware of the legal and ethical implications of sharing information in digital environments.


Study Timeline

We recommend completing this module by:

  Week 1


  Approximately 30 minutes


Complete the module