Before you start you should know that...
The courses offered by universities in Miríadax are designed to offer the same quality and rigour offered by a face-to-face course. Below we present the most important aspects for the realisation and passing of the course which will enable you to make the most of your experience on Miríadax.
• Mandatory and optional activities. The courses consist of mandatory and optional activities. Teachers select which tasks must be compulsory to pass the course and to be eligible for diplomas and badges. Check each course syllabus to know the mandatory activities of each module and to organize your work. Regardless of diplomas and badges, we recommend you do the greatest possible number of activities, including the optional ones, to have the best learning experience.
• Diplomas and badges. Currently there are two forms of diploma and badge:
o The certificate of participation is automatically released on your profile when an average of 75% of all the mandatory activities you have performed is exceeded.
o The passing certificate will be released, with prior payment, when you have completed all the mandatory activities included in the course.
• Closing dates. The content of the course will always be available for you to consult. However, some of the normally mandatory evaluation activities have deadlines for their execution. Carefully review these dates in the syllabus of each course, as once exceeded the deadline for each task, you cannot pass this task, preventing you from getting the diplomas and badges of the course.
• P2P activities or peer review. The activities of the courses are very important since you are not only responsible for your own work, but you should also evaluate the work of your colleagues. Generally, these activities are mandatory activities so you will have to plan them well. Keep in mind that P2P activities have two deadlines:
o The first deadline to submit your activity.
o The second deadline to validate the activities of your colleagues.
You will receive an email confirming the delivery of the activity, indicating the steps to follow. Retain these emails to have evidence that you have delivered the activities.
Although these are general guidelines for Miríadax courses, we recommend that you pay attention to the indications that each teaching team may provide in each of them.
Commitment to honesty
As a student of the courses on the Miríadax platform and in order to participate in them complying with the principles that govern their educational activity, the principles of justice, equality and excellence, I assume the following commitments:
• Not to register on Miríadax with more than one account.
• That the answers to the quiz and P2P activities are a result of my own work and the preparation of the same is made individually (except those activities whose statement explicitly permits collaboration).
• Not to publish or facilitate in any way solutions of the assessment tasks with the intention of benefiting other students.
• Not to carry out actions that can dishonestly improve my evaluation tasks, nor improve results or undermine the scores of other students.
• Not to claim the work of others as my own.
Miríadax is an online community in which thousands of students participate in each one of their courses and are in constant communication through the social tools of the platform. This communication is in writing, meaning there are some challenges when it comes to transmitting feelings or ideas compared to oral communication, in which we can use gestures, modulation and expressions that help interlocutors to interpret their language.
To overcome these difficulties of communication, from Miríadax, we want to encourage the use of Netiquette, which consists of a series of guidelines and recommendations of conduct to put into practice in the communication within the community and enhance, in this way, a more effective communication. Below you can review the Netiquette guidelines that at Miríadax we consider essential:
• Do not forget that what is written is read by people who have feelings and certain content and forms of expression may be offensive.
• Being brief, clear and concise in contributions helps a more efficient communication.
• Be aware of the audience. Not all members of the community have the same culture, knowledge and skills, so it is advisable to adapt to the different types of partners.
• Communication within the community is asynchronous. You have to bear in mind that, in most cases, response to the published comments will not be immediate.
• Take into account the rules of spelling, vocabulary and syntax when writing a message, as well as re-reading what is written before sending it to check that it makes sense.
• Respect the privacy of third parties.
• Do not use the community to advertise topics completely unrelated to the subject of the course.
• Citing the source from which you obtain the information (bibliography, web resources, etc.) is essential for interlocutors to know the foundation and the origin of the arguments that are set out in the community.
• Everyone makes mistakes. It is essential, to maintain a respectful community, to be understanding with the mistakes of others and politely report errors.
• Keep discussions in a healthy and instructive environment, avoiding misinterpretations as a result of, for example:
-Use of capital letters.
-The use of abbreviations that are not commonly used.
-The handling of rude or vulgar language.
• Try to enrich with each of the contributions to the community, avoiding comments that are empty of meaning or content.
• When responding to a message, it is advisable to leave a quote from it so that they understand what it is referring to and to whom it is directed, if to a specific person or if it is of interest to the entire group.
We are sure that these guidelines will help to create an environment based on respect within the community of each course and we invite you to encourage the use of them in Miríadax. To delve into Netiquette, we recommend some reading, such as: Netiquette, by Virginia Shea or the chapter devoted to this in: Writing on the internet: Guide for new media and social networks, by Fundéu.
Thank you for participating in a respectful and collaborative community!