Community Groundrules


Our Learning Community

"Community" by Ian Sane on Flickr.

“Community” by Ian Sane on Flickr.

A community is a group of individuals who work together in support of common goals and/or interests. In this class—our learning community—we are progressing together toward shared outcomes (as outlined in the course syllabus). To ensure that our community and its members develop, thrive, and are sustained, the groundrules that follow will be in effect throughout the semester.

As a participant in our community, you agree to be familiar with and to abide by these groundrules.

As a community member, you agree to:

  1. Respect the diverse opinions, viewpoints, and contributions of each member of our community and understand that differences in opinion are not only natural but should be encouraged and supported as vital components of public discourse.
  2. Have patience and a sense of humor with technology.
  3. Keep an open mind.
  4. Ask for help when you need it and assist others when possible.
  5. Contribute regularly to collaborative activities to ensure that other members of the community have ample opportunity to read/listen, reflect upon, and respond to your ideas.
  6. Understand that communications shared through written language alone are more likely to be misinterpreted than those shared through the spoken word. Therefore, when you type a thought or a comment, read it carefully before you submit it. If you question the way it is worded, read it out loud to yourself. If you still question the way it’s phrased, re-write it.
  7. Contribute regularly to group dialogue, including through blog posts and other discussions. The contributions of each individual play a vital role in the collective strength and diversity of our community.

What images and videos am I permitted to share in our network?

All image, video, audio, and textual content you share within this community will directly relate to the topic of our course in some way. You are expected to use discretion in your decisions on what to share and, if asked, to demonstrate how your content supports the course curriculum.

You are welcome to share personal photographs of yourself, family, and friends on your Google Plus profile. Many students feel that this adds to a personalized learning experience and helps peers get to know each other, more as they would in an offline class. However, you are not required to share personal images.

What happens if someone violates a groundrule?

If, at any time, you feel that any of these groundrules have been violated by a member of our community, you are encouraged to bring your concern directly and immediately to your instructor via email. In your email, clearly identify which groundrule has been violated and include specific evidence of the violation. Your concerns will be addressed promptly and with careful consideration.

All students will be held accountable for Idaho State University’s Student Conduct Code, including disciplinary actions.  If you are unfamiliar with this code, you can review it here.


(This document was originally published by Michelle Pacansky-Brock; it was adapted by Tyler Chadwick.)