SUNY Rockland guide lists what instructors don’t want to see on camera, from driving during class to students in bed -- alone or not
Tucked inside SUNY Rockland's "Netiquette" — seven pages of best practices for college professors in the age of remote learning, drafted this summer — is also a list of some of the worst practices that faculty witnessed from students during online lessons last spring.
College President Michael Baston said the faculty senate drew up the document as a way to help their peers through the uncharted waters of online learning. It covers everything from keeping attendance to setting expectations for students.
"They are now using technology in peer communications, not only with the students, but in sharing the best practices with this Netiquette document, to really try to understand how we navigate the complexities of this," Baston said.
"Netiquette is the code of conduct for online, virtual space," the document reads. "Letting students know the netiquette rules is as important as letting them know the course requirements."
The goal "is to create the best environment possible for an engaging, meaningful learning environment," the document reads.
For example, for classes where students appear on camera, teachers should tell their students: "Think about: When the camera is on, what do you want the instructor and other students to see?"
They saw plenty last spring. Here's the list, from Netiquette:
– Students on their phone texting
– Students scrolling through other devices
– Students driving while logged on, or in car with others
– Student lying in bed under covers
– Student lying in bed with significant other
– Students saying they won’t turn on camera because they did not do their hair or room is too messy (even though camera enable was required for that class)
– Student kissing significant other
– Student vaping/smoking
– Student drinking beer
– Students logging in and not responding during class (appears that they log on and then "disappear").
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