Composing a post – language and style

Always avoid the use of terms and language that could be seen as offensive to other participants. Remember that racial harassment can be understood to include verbal or written racial slurs, epithets, jokes, comments or terms; or repeated remarks to a person that contain racial, derogatory or demeaning implications. (The term 'racism' refers to discriminatory attitudes, beliefs, behaviour, distinctions, exclusions, restrictions or preferences that are based on presumptions about a group or person's ‘race’.)

Consider the following:

  • What is the appropriate language and “tone” for this course/thread/post? Refer to your course outline or assessment task rubric for specific guidelines on appropriate interaction and style.
  • Humour and sarcasm can be misinterpreted without the usual visual and aural cues of conversation. Try reading your post aloud to yourself or someone else before you submit.
  • Always use standard spelling, capitalization of words, punctuation, and grammar. Avoid using texting abbreviations OR WRITING IN CAPITALS.
  • The University’s guidelines on academic integrity, copyright and plagiarism still apply to electronic discussion boards. If you use someone else's ideas, cite them appropriately. Always provide links and references to materials that you have used.

Before pressing submit

  • Read and read again – Check spelling and grammar.
  • Don’t post anything you wouldn’t say to your reader’s face in a public forum.

If you would like to know more about how to use the post editor please see the Editing Tools help.