Emailing is often the most used communication tool in an organization and is now more popular that the telephone for business communication. It's important to be able to write effective emails.
Professional email tips:
For more email etiquette, click here.
Be sure to take a look at the Communication Guide for additional helpful resources.
Here is an example of a properly constructed email:
Watch the short video below for instructions on how to navigate the Professional & Academic eCommunications page:
Chat (also known as instant messaging)
When you are chatting, you are writing short messages and sending them to someone else in real time. An email, in comparison, contains full sentences, is in paragraph form, and is not in real time. Chat messages are short and conversational (e.g. Emma writes something in the chat box and then Raphael responds).
Your organization may employ a chat feature when using webinar platforms. During an online meeting, participants can type short comments, thoughts, questions, etc. into the chat box and others can respond and add to the conversation.
Tips for chat:
For more chat guidelines, click here.
Web camera communication
You may find yourself part of a conference or meeting in a webinar setting. You may be able to communicate through voice audio, a chat box, and your image may be captured on a webcam. If this is the case, be aware that people can see what you are doing the entire time. They can also see your facial expressions and gestures. Maintain your professionalism throughout.
For web conferencing etiquette tips, click here.
Having a meeting over the phone sounds simple but there may be some challenges.
Phone conferencing guidelines:
For more tips, click here.
The Writing Lab Rubric
Use this rubric as a first step to self-assess your assignment. After determining which column you think best describes your work, use the resources to the right to improve your work. Refer back to it each time you feel you are near completion of the assignment to help you stay on track. This is also the same rubric that the Writing Lab staff will use to provide feedback and resources suggestions.
Video: How to use the Rubric
Submit to the Writing Lab (in Brainfuse)
Writing is a process. It helps to have feedback from others as you go through that process. You can submit your work for review to the Writing Lab. Just make sure you have time before your submission deadline (it takes 24-48 hours). Here's the process:
After using the rubric to self-assess where you're at in terms of your assignment and you've made changes using the resources provided, you can opt to submit your assignment to the Writing Lab in Brainfuse for feedback and suggestions. Once you're logged into Brainfuse, click on the Writing Lab. How to use the Writing Lab.
Using the Writing Lab