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All my own work: exploring academic integrity
All my own work: exploring academic integrity

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3 Challenges and temptations

Your study journey may not always run as smoothly as you hope. You may find a range of potential stumbling blocks along the way. At different points in your academic life you may find yourself facing a wide variety of challenges, ranging from illness, technical/computing problems, juggling work or caring responsibilities, alongside understanding tricky aspects of your subject and preparing assignments. There may even be occasions when you become aware of, or even tempted by, a short-cut.

Photo of a wooded path with tree roots making the ground uneven.

Activity 3

Timing: Allow approximately 60 minutes.

You will now meet Grace, a university student who is preparing for an assignment.

Work your way through this interactive [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] to follow Grace’s experience and see what you would do in a similar situation. You should open the interactive in a new tab or window by holding down Ctrl (or Cmd on a Mac) when you click on the link.

Can you list some of the temptations Grace faced?

What will you do if you face challenges as you prepare your assignment?


Some of the temptations Grace faced include:

  • discussing how to tackle specific aspects of an assignment with a fellow student
  • members of a social media support group sharing assignment answers
  • cutting and pasting a ‘perfect quote’
  • sharing an assignment to help a friend
  • using the services of an ‘essay mill’.

If you face challenges as you prepare an assignment you should ask for help from your tutor. At the end of this course, you’ll learn about several different support services.