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Academic Integrity: Collaboration

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NSCC acknowledges the importance of one's individual responsibility for learning. "Academic Integrity is an important aspect of academic education, scholarship and achievement. It requires that members of the College Community be meticulously honest in all activities relating to their academic activities at NSCC" (NSCC, 2015, p.1).

Instructors understand and recognize the importance of collaborative learning, and encourage learners to participate in collaborative study. When collaborating, it is important for all individuals to participate equally, thus achieving personal responsibility for one's learning.

Always discuss with your instructors their expectations regarding collaboration and/or group work. Instructors' expectations regarding collaboration may differ from one course to another.

Acceptable Collaboration:

  • Group work that clearly follows course instructions
  • Studying together to better understand the course material, concepts from lectures, etc.
  • Sharing research findings or discussing course materials with others and acknowledging their contribution

 (University of Guelph, 2012)

Always discuss with your instructors their expectations regarding collaboration and/or group work to ensure that you are working within the parameters of the assignment. Instructors' expectations regarding collaboration may differ from one course to another.

Unacceptable Collaboration:

  • Working in groups when group work has not been approved by the instructor
  • Dividing sections of an assignment or project among several learners, and presenting it as an individual’s work
  • Splitting the tasks for group work unevenly where some students do most of the work while others do very little

(University of Guelph, 2012)

(University of Waterloo Library, 2015)

This video by University of Waterloo Library is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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