Using web-based resources
Computers are now so pervasive in our society that the question of how they can be used most wisely, efficiently, and ethically is a human issue that demands the attention of anyone interested in computer use. Although many of the purposes for which computers are used are extremely beneficial to the individual and to society, there is a wide range of misuses as well.
It is crucial that we act responsibly when implementing and using new technologies. As educators we must encourage ethical behaviour when students learn using ICT.
- Bitter, G.G. & Legacy, J.M. (2006). Using Technology in the Clasroom. USA: Pearson Education.
Safe and responsible use of ICT
Developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Cybersmart is part of the Australian Government’s cyber safety program. Cybersmart aims to provide a comprehensive range of information and resources designed to meet the needs of children, parents, teachers, and library staff. It provides activities, resources and practical advice to broken down into information for young children, kids, teens and parents, as well as offering training and resources for schools and materials for library staff. (retrieved Jan 19, 2011)
- Teacher resources on Cybersmart
The Teacher resources aim to support cyber safety education. Resources are supported by detailed lesson plans and DVD resources using video, animation and interactive content. Topics covered include internet safety issues, teaching strategies for internet safety and separate reference guides for primary and secondary school teachers, divided into various age groups. (retrieved Jan 19, 2011)
Netsafe is an independent non-profit organisation based in New Zealand that promotes confident, safe, and responsible use of Cyberspace. This site provides practical advice and support for young people, adults, parents, business people and teachers on the safe use of the internet. (retrieved Jan 19, 2011)
- Edumall. Teaching and Learning. Cyberwellness.
This website has been developed by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. The Cyberwellness Framework guides students in the safe and responsible use of ICT when working in ‘cyberspace’. Kits are provided for both primary and secondary school students. (retrieved Jan 19, 2011)
Copyright and Plagiarism
The University has strict guidelines on academic honesty/plagiarism. You are encouraged to familiarise yourselves with University policy.
Students at the Faculty of Education and Social Work should take the time to familiarise themselves with the policies – University and faculty – that govern teaching, learning and the provision of undergraduate, graduate-entry and postgraduate programs.
University policies are published on the policy online website. Faculty policies can be accessed below.
The Little Blue Book
The document Information for Students, also known as the Little Blue Book (pdf, 295kB) describes policy and procedure for undergraduate students at the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Students should note that this document is revised each year and are advised to ensure their copy is the most current. This document outlines advice on:
- Seeking an Assignment Due Date Extension
- Student Appeals
- Submitting an Assignment
- Attendance Requirements
- Special Arrangements
- Special Consideration and Aegrotat Results
- Late Submission of Assignments
- Make Up/Missed Exams
- Marking and Grading
- Resubmitting an Assignment
- Essay Writing and Style Guide
- Copyright Services at the University of Sydney - a comprehensive site assisting University staff and students by answering copyright queries, providing practical advice and online resources on copyright issues to University staff and students. They also run training courses. (retrieved Apr 11, 2011)
- Research Support site at the University of Sydney - a guide to copyright and open access materials. (retrieved Apr 11, 2011)
- 10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained
Written by the publisher of an online newspaper this site explodes ten myths about copyright issues. (retrieved Jan 19, 2011)
- Copyright Law in Cyberspace
This site discusses why we have copyright laws and how they apply in the multimedia world. (retrieved Jan 19, 2011)
The University is committed to academic excellence and high standards of ethical behaviour as the cornerstones of scholastic achievement and quality assurance. Accordingly, all students are required to act honestly, ethically and with integrity in their dealings with the University, its employees, members of the public and other students. The procedures set out in the Academic Board Policy: Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism (pdf, 117kB) must be followed in all cases.
All staff and students should read the policy and ensure they fully comprehend the obligations it imposes. The coversheet students must submit with all pieces of work for assessment, presentation or publication carries a declaration – which must be signed – that the author of the work has read and understood the University on plagiarism.
- Student Affairs Unit information on Plagiarism. This site is a useful resource for students who are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism and what the University’s expectations are, explaining the University’s policies on plagiarism and describes the penalties which might apply. It is also available as an online tutorial. (retrieved Apr 11, 2011)
- Plagiarism Detection & Prevention: A Guide for Faculty at Delta State
This site provides a definition of plagiarism and how it can be tracked down, detected and prevented. (retrieved Jan 19, 2011)
- Nine ways to reduce plagiarism
Based on her research with postgraduate students in the Department of Media and Communications, Megan Le Masurier details nine ways to avoid plagiarism. (retrieved Jan 19, 2011)