Incivility and Invisible Walls
Incivility in online education is an ongoing and evolving problem that challenges faculty in the contemporary virtual classroom. Uncivil encounters can range from relatively mild to highly aggressive, including overt threats to other students’ or faculty members’ well-being. Such behaviors seriously disrupt the flow of scholarly discourse and result in disengagement by other students and, in some instances, the faculty themselves. It is important to establish expectations for interactions and behaviors in the virtual classroom as the effects of uncivil encounters on faculty can be significant and include both short-term and long-term sequelae.