Another important function of your syllabus is to inform students about your institution’s plagiarism policy. Most LMS learners know well enough that plagiarism is wrong, but some may still be confused about what actually constitutes plagiarism. Although purposeful plagiarism, with the help of the internet, is increasingly common, instances of unintended plagiarism also occur and are more preventable. Many of your LMS users simply may not have been taught the correct way to cite sources they want to reference.
Along with your syllabus, staple a citation guide handout informing students about how to cite books, articles, web pages, and other published works. MLA/APA style citation guides can be easily found, downloaded and printed for your LMS students. Practice referencing with your students, dedicating a few classes to it, to help them feel comfortable citing electronic sources.
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