Adding a netiquette statement to your online course helps set communication standards between learners. Instructors place responsibility on the learner to be aware of respectful interaction and communication that fosters learning and a sense of community. The netiquette statement can be added as part of the syllabus but it can also be placed in other sections in the course like the home page or as a link on each discussion board. The purpose is to encourage mindful communication so that learners as well as the instructor can share ideas. If anyone in the course does not adhere to stated netiquette rules, the instructor can go back and cite specific parts of the netiquette statement to remind learners of the communication standards expected in discussion boards, group work and any peer interactions.