Avoiding plagiarism: two free online courses for Oxford University members

Two free online courses are offered via WebLearn for Oxford University students and staff:

Avoiding Plagiarism 1: This is a tailor-made online skills course, providing an introduction to the issues surrounding plagiarism. It will help users to acquire some of the necessary skills and judgement to apply to their academic work and publications. This is the certification course recommended by the University Skills Group. On successful completion of the course, an email certificate is providing showing the user’s score achieved on the post-test. Since this course was made available in Michaelmas term 2010, 187 people have completed the post-test.

Avoiding Plagiarism 2: This course, Plagiarism Teaching Online (PLATO), was developed by the University of Derby, and provides optional enrichment on the subject of avoiding plagiarism and correct citation skills. The course includes interactive tasks, student video clips, and diagnostic tests to help build a practical understanding of plagiarism. No record is kept of the user’s score, and no completion certificate is provided.

There are also 12 other on-line skills courses available at:

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