Working With Others

Is there a difference between collaborative learning, collusion and copying?

Collaboration is when:
  • Two or more students work together on a shared goal. 
  • All group members participate equally 
Collusion is working secretly with at least one other person to mislead others and is a form of plagiarism. Copying is when you take someone else’s work and present it as your own and is a form of plagiarism.

Is it appropriate for students to seek assistance with their assignments from others?

Other people can help support you in your work but they must not do it for you. You must do the work yourself. A few examples of people who may offer to do your work but you must not allow to do so are:
  • Family and friends 
  • External tutors 
  • Coaching colleges 
  • Ghost writers 
  • Assignments available online 

How can students appropriately acknowledge the support of others?

By acknowledging the person/s who supported you through citing them within your work. This also shows respect to the person involved and is ethical practice. Check the list in the acknowledging sources information. You do not need to acknowledge common knowledge.

What are the benefits of producing you own work?

By producing your own work you:
  • Gain the credit for your own work 
  • Have pride and satisfaction in the work you submit 
  • Gain new skills that you will be able to apply again 
  • Show that you understand and value ethical practices 

What strategies can be used to ensure appropriate collaboration in a group work context?

To work in groups appropriately make sure that:

  • You understand exactly what is expected of the group 
  • The group as a whole divides the responsibilities evenly 
  • The group as a whole discusses and agrees on the quality of the final product 
  • All members adhere to correct acknowledgement, citation and referencing standards
  • All members keep a record of their contribution to the final product 
  • The group as a whole check the final draft and edit as necessary 
  • The group informs the teacher of the progress the group is making when required 
  • You inform the teacher/school counsellor if you are being pressured by others into unethical behaviour