Nursing students are busy people who juggle many demands at once: family, work, and school, among other things. Students generally do not participate in optional ungraded assignments because of their time constraints (Bristol & Zerwekh, 2011). One strategy for classroom management is to decrease the feeling that students are doing busywork. This requires giving credit, in the form of points toward their grade, for their efforts.
In order to head off problems with netiquette, the nurse educator needs to lie out expectations for interacting in the online environment. This can include basic recommendations such as using a professional writing style that does not include short-hand or abbreviations (Bristol & Zerwekh, 2011). In the online environment, incivility is increasingly a problem that interferes with learning. Social media sites are often the forum for incivility between instructor and student. De Gagne, Yamane, Conklin, Chang, and Kang (2018) recommend implementing policies and guidelines in order to avoid unprofessional conduct in the nursing school environment.
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