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8. Teaching materials and the Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice

A MOOC is being developed, but the lecturer, due to readability in the videos, chooses to leave out the attribution there. At the end of each course week a list with further reading is shared. When writing the MOOC, the lecturer has used the work of other colleagues worldwide. Should he have attributed in more details? (rewritten from moral dilemma from code of conduct version 2004)

The Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice also applies to e-learning materials. When referring to scientific integrity, most people think about research. However, the code of conduct, adapted in 2014, also plays a role in offering teaching materials. These principles apply to lecturers as well as students. The scientist / lecturer, based on the principle of honesty and scrupulousness, is also responsible for the quality of the education he or she provides and the scientific and societal value of the research program he or she takes part in. The scientist can only go by his or her own preferences as long as these comply with this responsibility. Based on the principle of impartiality, referring solely to one’s own study books in education needs to be avoided, at least at the level of the entire curriculum. The principle of independence requires that the involvement of external financial sponsors is clearly mentioned at the announcement of the course and in the course materials.

You can find the full text of the Code of conduct for scientific practice on the VSNU website .
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