The VAIL Tutor (Virtual Academic Integrity Laboratory)is a four module tutorial that provides an overview of academic integrity and plagiarism. It introduces the learner to documentation styles, provides tips on avoiding plagiarism and discusses plagiarism policies. A printable certificate of completion is available.
*learner will understand the concepts of academic integrity, plagiarism and cheating
*learner will learn strategies for avoiding plagiarism
*learners will understand when and how to use proper documentation styles
*learners will identify actions that constitute plagiarism and be introduced to common university penalties for plagiarism.
Target Student Population:
college or university level
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
basic computer skills
Type of Material:
the tutorial is ideal for individual use; particularly as an assignment. Also for basic library orientation.
Evaluation and Observation
The tutorial summarizes the learning objectives very well in a relatively short, self-paced tutorial. Adequate examples are provided for concepts such as paraphrasing, summarizing and citation styles. The quiz provides supportive feedback for correct answers only, indirectly encouraging students to review the tutorial to address incorrect answers. A score of 65% or better is required to receive the certificate of completion which can be printed or emailed.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning objectives for the tutorial and individual sections are clearly indicated. The progression of topics follows a logical order from module to module. Specific university plagiarism policies are not discussed, enabling use by any organization. The certificate of completion facilitates use of the tutorial as an assignment.
Learners will need additional instruction in documentation styles; this is only an introduction.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Navigational controls were clearly visible and consistently placed. Individual module topic outlines enable user to see at a glance where they are in the module. Users will appreciate the ability to to view individual module in any order, particularly if they need to review material. Interactivity is possible through the use of rollovers and links to pop-ups or additional web pages. A link to FAQ's is on every page.
Rollover capability is not always clear. The writing and graphics on some of the pop-up windows was in some cases difficult to read due to the small size.
Other Issues and Comments:
Another excellent feature is the built-in, linked glossary. The tutorial itself demonstrates good integrity and citing skills through its bibliography and reference list for its glossary.