Understanding Digital Citizenship Worksheet

Week Two

Understanding Digital Citizenship Worksheet

Student Name:

Purpose: Use this worksheet to identify and demonstrate good digital citizenship skills.

Prepare: Read Section 4.1 in Module 4 and review the Netiquette Rules found in the Course Policies, About Discussions area of your classroom.

Write: Below there are three scenarios. Read each of the scenarios and answer the questions below.

Scenario #1

Miguel is a full-time online student, a full-time employee, and a father. He finds that he is constantly struggling with balancing all of his responsibilities and is trying to figure out a way to manage his time wisely. He is only in his third class and has already submitted assignments late. Trying to complete his assignments has been stressful and when he does manage to submit his work on time, he is working on it up until the last minute.

Miguel has a three-page paper to write for his class tonight. He just sat down to work on it at 9:00 p.m. He had hoped to take the instructor’s feedback from last week and use it to improve his work on this assignment; however, because it is so late, he already feels that he won’t have time to submit his work at the level of quality the professor is looking for. He feels pressured and stressed.

To complete the paper, Miguel has to do some research on the topic. Since he has not yet taken the time to explore the library, he believes it would take too long to use this as a research tool. Therefore, he decides to Google the topic for his paper.

He pulls up several websites, and finds plenty of information that he can use. Because he is running out of time to complete his paper, he decides to copy the information he has found (without citing) and after changing just a few words, he submits his paper on time.

In complete sentences, respond to the following:

Miguel used others work as his own without citing his work. A good digital citizen would have used the information he found on google to speak to the subject in his own words and give credit to the sites he found the information on. Miguel violated Ashford’s plagiarism rules and guidelines.

  • In at least three sentences, describe how Miguel’s actions do not align with being a good digital citizen.

Miguel’s actions could result in a failing grade in both the assignment and the class as well as suspension or expulsion from Ashford University. All of these could be detrimental to his future academics at other schools. His reputation could be tarnished in the future.

  • In at least three sentences, explain the potential consequences of Miguel’s actions.

Recycling an assignment is when you used and assignment from a previous class in another class without getting permission from the instructor prior as well as adding to the assignment that is being used again. A great example is the Introduction, that could easily be recycled from class to class.

  • Describe three alternative actions that Miguel could have taken in this situation.
  • Miguel should have done research on the subject and wrote his paper in his own words.
  • Miguel should have cited the sites he found from his google search that he used the information from in his paper.
    • Miguel should have planned ahead to give himself enough time to do the work assigned as well as used the instructors feedback from previous assignments.
    • Review Ashford University’s Policy on recycling assignments (found in the Ashford Catalogue under Student’s Rights and Responsibilities) and in your own words, explain what it means to “recycle” an assignment.

Scenario #2

Margaret is a full-time online student. She is currently in her second class and has been working very hard on maintaining a B average in her classes so far. She is hoping to achieve an A average by the end of her current class. However, in order for her to accomplish her academic goal, she knows she needs to make improvements in her school work.

One strategy that she knows she needs to use is to ask her instructor for feedback. The class is currently in the third week and Margaret has just opened the gradebook to view her grade and feedback from the assignment she completed the week before. Margaret reviews the feedback the instructor has provided; however, she is confused by it and is not completely clear on the suggestions that are given throughout the paper. Margaret decides to email her instructor and ask for clarification on the feedback provided.

Read Margaret’s email:

To: Ashford Instructor ([email protected])

From: Student ([email protected])


Email text:

Hey I saw u graded my paper from my grade but I thought I did wat u asked. Where can I see what u said to help me? I don’t understand. HELP!!!! I had better here from u today!


To: Dr. Painter

  • List three netiquette violations that you notice in this email.
    • Using “u” instead of “you” and other shortened text type words.
    • Beginning the email with “Hey” instead of properly addressing the instructor with Mr. Einstein.
    • Create a better email that Margaret can use instead. The email should demonstrate at least three characteristics of good digital citizenship as indicated in this week’s resources.

From:[email protected]

Subject: Feedback Clarification

Email text (The email should consist of at least four sentences) :

Dr. Painter,

I currently have a B and would like to improve my grade to an A. I have reviewed your feedback from my past assignments but don’t understand what you are suggesting. Could you help me understand what I need to do in the next few weeks to improve my grade? I appreciate your input and help in my success in this class. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Arinda Gutierrez


Scenario #3

  • Aside from correcting the netiquette violations you listed in the first prompt, identify three additional characteristics of good digital citizenship that you used in the email you created above.
  • I used complete sentences.
  • I explained what I needed help with.
    • I ended my email with a Thank you and my name.

Part of being a good critical thinker and college student is the ability to maintain your own values, while understanding the perspectives of others who you may disagree with. Appropriate communication is important in an academic, online environment. An online classroom is meant to mirror a brick and mortar classroom in some ways. In the online classrooms at Ashford University, you will engage in academic discussions each week with your peers through the discussion forums. You may not always find that you agree with everything your classmates say, and while it is acceptable to compare and contrast your perspective with those of others, disagreement should be communicated in a calm, respectful, and non-aggressive manner. While academic discourse is part of learning and encouraged, there is a proper way to communicate. Peer responses should focus on the topic at hand and should be written to continue the academic discussion.

Irene is taking PSY 203 – Human Sexuality. She has just logged in to begin responding to her classmates’ posts. In the week’s discussion, part of the discussion prompt asks that they discuss the role of the school system on sex education. They are asked to support their discussion with at least one scholarly source. As Irene reads through the responses, she finds a response written by her classmate, Mark, which she disagrees with and decides to respond to him.


Mark’s initial response:

In my opinion, the school’s should not be talking about sex education in elementary schools. In my daughters school, they started talking about sex education when she was in fifth grade. I think that was to young. I think it was my responsibility to educate my daughter and not they’res that wasn’t right. So now she knows too much about sex and I am worried about how it influenced her.

Irene’s response to her classmate, Mark:

I think you are WRONG! I think they should educate kids in school because how else are they going to learn about it? We don’t have the right information to give them. At least the teachers know what they’re talking about, did you? I disagree with you. Also you didn’t use a scholarly source like we were supposed to and you have lots of spelling errors.



  • Identify three items in Irene’s response to Mark that did not demonstrate appropriate communication and good digital citizenship.
    • Irene used all caps which is taken as yelling.
    • Irene could have disagreed with Mark without attacking him. Everyone has different opinions. She could ask more clarifying questions to understand where Mark is coming from.
    • Rewrite Irene’s response to Mark to demonstrate appropriate communication and good digital citizenship.

I respect your opinion but have to disagree with you. I believe Sex Ed should be taught in schools. Educators can teach the subject in an informal way that a lot of parents don’t necessarily have. It ensures children get the facts and the information coming from an educator might be absorbed by the children better than if it came from a parent. Having the information from both of you is extremely valuable, don’t you think? I wish you the best of luck with your daughter, that must be a challenging job.

In my response I didn’t attack Mark’s opinion but presented my own. I offered a different view on the topic that Mark might now have thought of because he is so emotionally invested. I was personable and polite. I empathized with his job of being a father to a daughter.

  • Aside from correcting the three items identified in the first prompt, describe three additional ways in which the post you have rewritten above demonstrates good digital citizenship. Explain in at least three sentences.

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