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Avoid collusion

Collaboration is a big part of academic life, and it is important to know how to work with others in an ethically appropriate manner.

Sometimes the boundaries between collaboration and collusion are a bit unclear, especially in group work situations. As a student you should to be aware of the kinds of scenarios where collaboration can slip into collusion in order to avoid them.

Basically, if you submit a piece of work as your own that has been wholly or partly produced by another individual, and that person knows about it and is involved in the deception, then that is collusion. It is also collusion if you help someone else to cheat, plagiarise or commit academic misconduct.

Let's look at some of these situations more closely. Listen to the scenarios, and decide whether they are collaboration (which is OK), or collusion (which is not OK). Click the Play button to start.

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  1. Collaboration
  2. Collusion

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  1. Collaboration
  2. Collusion

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  1. Collaboration
  2. Collusion

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  1. Collaboration
  2. Collusion

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  1. Collaboration
  2. Collusion