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Academic Integrity: Collaboration and Group Work

This guide has been created to provide you with quick access to resources on the topic of Academic Integrity.

What is Collaboration?

Collaboration is important, both in college and the workplace, and instructors encourage learners to participate in collaborative study. When collaborating, all individuals should participate equally, thus taking personal responsibility for their own 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.

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.

Romane, L.(2013, May 28). Academic integrity: Collaboration [Video]. https://youtu.be/Wm0oZCVDV2A

A Case Study: Collabration

Flinders University. (2013, September 23). Academic integrity case study: Collaboration or collusion [Video]? YouTube. https://youtu.be/t0RD91fIBnA