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Being online - Students

Expectations surrounding the use of Web 2.0 at the University of Reading

What we will do for you:

Provide Web 2.0 tools and the IT infrastructure so you can access them;

Promote the use of Web 2.0 among staff in order to better facilitate student learning and communication;

Continue to use university email as our official channel for communication but we will also use Web 2.0 technologies where appropriate to better spread messages;

Support your development of technical skills; and,

Ensure our community is one in which the use of Web 2.0 technologies is safe, secure and appropriate.

We expect you to:

Protect yourself ...

  • Remember that not everyone is who they say they are. Before you join a group/accept a friend request check to see that they are who they say they are.
  • Be aware of which personal details you make public online.
  • Remember that your online presence may outlive your University career.
  • Use third party applications intelligently (e.g. beware of viruses and phishing attempts).
  • Be aware of the possible legal implications of your Web 2.0 activities.

Respect others ...

  • Don't post other people's private details online.
  • Think before you post or tag: be considerate of the feelings of others.

Use Web 2.0 ...

  • Keep in touch with friends, family, halls, tutors, clubs and societies.
  • nform your research/coursework (but check the reliability of sources).
  • Build a strong online identity.

For more information and guidance on using Web 2.0 www.reading.ac.uk/student/beingonline

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