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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  1. I totally agree with you about “promoting learning with integrity”. My post also talked about this notion of backing up what you say you will do with what you actually do and doing your best while doing it. By educating our students (to the best of our abilities) the grey becomes less grey, and fewer unintentional mistakes will occur from ignorance.

    I talk to my students about integrity all the time. One example I come across all the time in PE is students not taking a shower after class and lying about it. If they are willing to skip a shower and then lie about it, a very small thing, what happens when something big happens?

    I see no difference in skipping a shower on purpose and intentionally using copyrighted material when they shouldn’t (if it is intentional). It’s another story if a student skips the shower because they are new and didn’t know the rule or if they didn’t know about the copyright law or how to use creative commons licences. It is so easy to break the rules when no one is watching, but what does that say about your integrity and character? We have an obligation as educators to not only instill a sense of “do no harm” but also “do the right thing”.

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