Using the internet for research has many benefits but it can also encourage a "cut and paste" culture. Even at primary school little reward is given for understanding how the pictures, facts and concepts used in project work originate.These courses concentrate on understanding the importance of academic honesty and the penalties that are imposed if students are "caught out" in public examinations. The courses emphaise the approach to this subject taken by universities. The courses can cover what constitutes plagiarism and cultural diffences, spotting offences including online solutions such as Turnitin, teaching referencing styles and writing an academic honesty policy. The courses are suitable for librarians, library assistants,teachers and students. The courses are highly practical in delivery and are fully supported with handouts and links to downloads of the materials used. The course is adapted to suit the audience and could form part of staff INSET or as a unit for EPQ or IB Diploma students.
I have written a modular online course for the SLA on Academic Honesty and Avoiding Plagiarism. This is equivalent to a half day training session and you gain a certificate on completion for CPD evidence. For more details and registration click the link.
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These courses can also be extended to cover copyright issues for schools and delving into how library resources can be used legally.