Online Classroom Etiquette and Code of Conduct
Given that our classes are held in a virtual (online) classroom environment, we look for appropriate behaviour from every student, just as in offline schools. We want to state that our virtual classrooms are real classrooms with actual students and teachers.
To ensure that all Music Pandit students understand what is expected of them in an online environment, we have framed a few guidelines. This has been done to keep online teaching/learning productive and ideal for everyone. Students are required to follow these simple online classroom etiquette and rules during their online classes.
The code of conduct given here offers clear guidelines on how a student should interact with the Music Pandit faculty, staff, and other students. The school’s guidelines further cover details related to the individual actions or behaviours of the students. The rules apply to every Moodle classroom and live session environment.
All our students have the right to:
1. Know what the rules are and what they mean.
2. Tell their side of the story.
3. Be part of any musical events at Music Pandit School.
Self-Awareness and Checks
Test your computer, internet, video, and audio before you begin your online school.
Sign in early (15 minutes in advance) to see if everything is fine and working.
In case there are some updates, we suggest you complete them before the class begins. Never sign in at the last minute of your online school.
On a Computer (Laptop/Desktop)
We recommend you use a wired connection (LAN) rather than Wi-Fi. If you are using Wi-Fi, then make sure you have an uninterrupted connection throughout the entire session.
Before the classes kick off, double-check if:
Go to audio settings
Examine Your Surroundings
Be aware of your surroundings. Make sure the room has enough light. Sit somewhere with plenty of daylight or artificial light. Ensure there are no distractions and that your background is class-appropriate. Please make sure:
Select a Quiet Location
You need to dress appropriately and look presentable. Put on clothes that are decent and clean to avoid unnecessary distractions.
Code of Conduct for the Virtual Classroom
These Codes of Conduct act as guidelines that will help students to emerge as confident, promising, and polished individuals.
NOTE: Please be aware that you are not supposed to create a separate team and organise any meeting without the teacher’s knowledge.
As a student enrolled in online classes, attendance still matters.
In situations where a substitute teacher is also not available, the class will be cancelled for the said date and moved forward to the next session. In any case, no classes are missed.
*Regarding Batch Change Requests: Please note that if a parent/student requests a batch change, it will be considered only if there are available slots in the next batch. To give you a clearer picture, we will allot a new slot only if the batch size is less than 5 students. So if there are 4 students, then only we can assign your child to that batch. Please also note that the same teacher cannot be guaranteed for the new batch.
General Online Class Etiquette
The following is a guide to basic online class etiquette that will help maintain a positive learning environment.
1. Mute Your Microphone
You can join the online session while on mute to avoid echo noises coming from conflicting microphones. Also, always remember to mute your microphone when you’re not talking. Muting your microphone also gives other participants the ability to share their thoughts without distraction or frustration.
2. Speak Clearly and Loudly
You need to speak up when you enter your new online classroom (around five people). You can announce yourself when you join. Your friends and teachers will appreciate being able to hear you clearly.
Example: “Hello, good evening!” My name is Sam Smith.
2. Leave the Keyboard Alone
Try to not type unnecessarily on the keyboard. The sound of your typing can distract others, especially when you are unmuted and in-between classes.
You can pick up your notebook, pencil, or pen to take notes.
4. Eating is Prohibited During Online School
Please do not eat during your online classes. Not only is it distracting to others, but you also won’t be able to focus on what is being taught in the class.
5. Stay Seated and Be Present
There is always the temptation to check your phone or start a side conversation during class. Please avoid it!
You might miss out on key points or an opportunity to give your input to the teacher.
If you are using a webcam, use attentive body language.
Poor Behaviour and Disciplinary Action
Misuse of the learning platform and violations of school rules will result in disciplinary action. Below are examples of poor behaviours that are prohibited.
What are the consequences if I do not meet the expectations of the online classes?