North Seattle Community College's


Instructor: Nancy Jago Finley,


It's in the communication among and between us that this course comes alive. It's what distinguishes an online course from what was formerly known as a "correspondence course." I encourage you to become familiar with the ANGEL E-mail system and begin posting comments in ANGEL'S Discussion rooms (Seminar) right away. And, whenever you login to ANGEL, please click on the COMMUNICATE tab before you do anything else to look for important course announcements.

Click here for instructions about ANGEL'S E-MAIL SYSTEM.

Click here for instructions about ANGEL'S DISCUSSION ROOMS (Seminar) . By following this link, you will also gain access to the seminar discussion questions. But first be sure to read the instructions about how to best participate in the discussion rooms (seminar) as well as the suggestions below regarding Netiquette and Privacy.

Pointers for using the discussion rooms in ANGEL:

  • Please read the Student Quick-Start Guide to ANGEL in order to gain an understanding of all the options available for posting comments.  The Student Guide is a PDF document.  If you need the free PDF reader, you can download it at
  • Pointers will follow as we go along. Please contribute any practical advice as you become familiar with ANGEL'S communication system. You can post your ideas in the "General Classroom Questions" discussion room in ANGEL so everyone can see them.

You must read and understand our rules of "Netiquette and Privacy" outlined here.  

Netiquette and Privacy

Words can mean many things and what we intend to say is not always what others hear. This is especially true of "online communication" during which other students do not have the opportunity to see your "body language" and therefore have a greater possibility of misunderstanding what you truly mean.

Please, follow these guidelines in all your online responses and discussion groups.

  • RESPECT. We would like to suggest respectful exchanges as a basic ground rule. We feel that informational errors should be pointed out- respectfully (even if stated strongly...). Disagreements that honor the viewpoints of the various contributors are productive and can lead to new learning and understanding.
  • PRIVACY. Keep in mind not only your own privacy rights but others as well. Do not reveal any information that you deem private.
  • BE CONSIDERATE of grammatical/spelling errors.
  • REMEMBER that humor and satire are often misinterpreted online. Communication is more than words. So, be prepared for some misunderstanding and requests for clarification.
  • BE SUPPORTIVE. We are all still learning. Our job is not to judge or condemn or even praise, although genuine encouragement is a necessary ingredient. We are here to provide information, to address topics in a discussion forum, and to provide assistance in helping each participant use her/his own unique learning style. Reflection generally precedes growth. So reflect upon what is said, provide sincere comments, and hopefully, we will all grow.

One good way to avoid problems is to reread your postings before sending them. Something written in haste may be misread.

Created by Val Donato, Sandra Looper, Diane Hostetler and Tom Braziunas


© 2004 Nancy Finley