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Getting Ready for Classes

Classroom Expectations

As Sheridan's Winter 2021 semester is being delivered entirely through remote learning, online communication will be an essential part of your daily routine. We wanted to remind you that the Student Code of Conduct applies to Sheridan Students when communicating electronically. As Sheridan Students you are expected to treat the Sheridan community and its members in a manner which is respectful and courteous.

  • Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes.
  • Don’t respond when you’re angry or frustrated - take a 24-hour cooling off period.
  • If you have not received a reply, allow at least 3 to 5 days before sending another email.

What's the difference between asynchronous and synchronous learning?

What's the difference between Hybrid and Online classes?

SLATE and Email Etiquette

  • Use proper grammar. Avoid slang and texting abbreviations (I.e. lol, brb, etc.) and emoticons. 
  • Review your email. Spell check your email, and proofread for errors. This is especially important in building your relationships and credibility.
  • Be respectful to everyone. Set a respectful tone. Would I say this out loud to a person’s face? If the answer is no, don’t make the post.
  • Sign your email. Use your full name and student number. Assume the reader does not recognize your email address.
  • Be clear. Use clear and concise language and be respectful to the recipient’s time and attention. 
  • Be careful with humour and sarcasm. Written comments can often be misinterpreted.
  • NO YELLING PLEASE. Avoid using the caps lock feature. This almost always gives others the impression that you are yelling.  

SLATE Virtual Classroom/Live Classes

  • Don’t be offensive. Check that your background does not include any pictures or art that can be viewed as inappropriate, obscene, sexual in nature or offensive. If unsure, disable your video.
  • Mute your microphone when not speaking. Paper shuffling, background music, other people in your house can all create distractions for others.


  • Do not use technology to harass, threaten or annoy others this includes trolling, posting pictures, negative/inappropriate language, too many or too frequently messaging etc.
  • Be mindful of Sheridan College’s Acceptable Use Policy as it relates to computer usage and social media content.  undefined

Check out the PDF below for more information.