The theme of my thesis is “The relationship between academic honesty awareness and plagiarism”. I can see a clear relationship between my thesis topic and online learning process. But while defining the relationship between plagiarism and online learning I got further and decided to explore the given topic in light of teachers’ perspectives. In our school we have many teachers doing their professional development courses online. As this is an additional course, the teachers usually have to fulfill the tasks in the evenings right after the school. This is twice harder as the teachers are often tired and have no motivation for creative and critical thinking. I even witnessed the cases when teachers copied the works as did not want to spend their time on that. But does this also mean that the teachers are not aware of the fact that everything is checked and they can be penalised?
So I have decided to find out the relationship between academic honesty awareness and plagiarism in online courses. This is a quantitaive study. In order to explore the topic, I have created the survey comprising three sectors with Yes\No questions and asked teachers of different subjects to fill in them.
Everything went quite well. By the end of the day I had almosrt thirty different answers from teachers. I almost did not have any challenges related to either mistrust or the fear from the teachers’ side. I assume that this happend because I am on an administrator’s position and people tend to believe me, although it may also cause some unexpected results that could be done as an anticipation to my personality.
To conclude, I was happy to get a positive feedback on my first data collection experience and I do hope that the amount of collected data could allow me to complete the thesis on the issue of plagiarism in an online learning community.