Online scholarly discussion need to be guided by a number of professional netiquette that include text messaging, electronic mails or professional forums. In this case, the aspect of professionalism must be demonstrated in those forms of communication. This include observing grammatical aspects in writing such as avoiding writing text in camp, starting sentences in capital letter, correct punctuation to ensure the right meaning of the text is communicated. This also involve respect of other people’s work and copyrights by acknowledging ideas, text, data or images obtained from other sources or that is not own idea. One should also consider employing standard language with less humor and sarcasm. This is basically done to ensure that a message is not misinterpreted by some (Brusco 2011).
Unlike social network where there is not rules on how to place information or the credibility of the information source, scholarly discussions must obtain information from credible sources and ensure that the posted information is true and can be used to expand scholarly ideas in the future (Wild & Neville, 2008). Unlike in social network where one can use more than one language in a phrase to express themselves, scholarly work must be written in a standard, grammatically correct language. Professionalism is highly regarded in scholarly discussions. Unlike social media that one can use either formal or informal language, formal language is compulsory in this case in scholarly discussions. Specific official formats of scholarly discussions may be required and thus, one may need to prepare the document using computer application and attach a well formatted text to fit the scholarly requirements. In this regard, professionals should consider maintaining the same sense of professionalism demanded in the real corporate world even while operating over the internet (Morgenthaler, 2009).
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Morgenthaler, M. (2009). Too old for school? Barriers nurses can overcome when returning to school. AORN Journal, 89(2), 335.
Wild, J., & Neville, L. (2008). Tips for learning: Effective time management. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 2(9), 454–44
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