Collaboration is encouraged at university as a useful way to learn, but students have difficulty identifying where collaboration stops and collusion begins. USQ Academic Regulation Section 5.1(PDF*) defines plagiarism, cheating and collusion.
To avoid this confusion you are encouraged to provide students with further information on:
If students work in formal groups their confusion about collaboration and collusion can be alleviated by being specific about:
- the criteria for the group and/or individual product and processes
- how you intend to measure individual contributions to the group
- how you allocate the grades between individuals in the group.
Other resources to assist manage group work include:
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- Assessing Group Work (UTS, Australia).
- Isaacs, Geoff (2002). Assessing Group Tasks (PDF*), Teaching and Educational Development Institute, University of Queensland, Australia.
- Apple, J. & Appleton, J. (2001) Plagiarism - A Good Practice Guide (PDF*). Joint Information Systems Committee. Oxford Brookes University, UK.
- Group Work Assessment within the ICS Disciplines (LTSN, UK).