An educator can be described as on that imparts knowledge through various avenues so that information is learned and applied. That being said, it is important that said educator conduct the craft of teaching with integrity. Information shared with students not only influences their thinking, it more importantly can impact their actions.
When presenting an assignment to students that is going to require research and/or a finished product it is the responsibility of the educator to provide the learner with direction and feedback that will ultimately lead to concrete learning. Those responsible for ensuring medical treatment and care take the Hippocratic Oath, “First do no harm,” meaning that they will uphold ethical standards of care. Those responsible for imparting knowledge also have an ethical responsibility to do no harm.
Our role as educators no matter what the setting is to promote learning with integrity. If we know better, we should teach better, allowing students to learn and display learning at their best. Best practices in the educational profession must continue to go beyond professional jargon but be something that is actually practiced. Yes the rules of copyright can sometimes become gray, but in all circumstances it is the responsibility of the educator to lead students in a manner that is ethical.
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