Appropriate Practices in Cooperative Learning
As noted previously, the academic community assumes that each student will be responsible for his or her own work. When the primary mode of learning is solitary, there are usually few problems and students are expected to cite all sources from which they received information and ideas. Students are encouraged to go to the Writing Center for help with writing assignments, and peer or professional consultants will provide feedback to the instructor at the student's request. Peer editing or criticism, group discussion, and common projects present complications which make it more difficult to acknowledge sources of ideas and words. The University requires each student to follow vigorously the practices listed below:
Any quotation or paraphrase of material from printed, computerized, or other sources will be acknowledged in the form appropriate to the field. Students should request models of correct style and documentation from their instructors.
Work written or programmed in common should be acknowledged as follows: (a) One person prepares the final form, giving appropriate credit to his or her partners; they review and initial the result. (b) Several students write the paper or program together; all sign it, giving sectional credit if appropriate.
The student writing an individual paper or program which has benefited from peer discussion or critique, in or out of class, will acknowledge such aid in an appended paragraph. The more exact the crediting can be, the better.