New laws came into effect in November 2019 which mean that vendors using Mash cannot upload certain products by law. For the purposes of this article, we will attempt to explain, what the QQI deem as a "cheating service." This includes the provision, advertising or publishing of these services. For Mash Sellers, publishing and advertising some of their products may fall under this legislation. (Please note, there is an exception made for these services when it comes to the Junior and Leaving Certificate 🤷🏻♀️)
We will work with the QQI over the coming weeks to clarify exactly what this means for our Mash Sellers but our current understanding is:
- Anything uploaded should not be designed or advertised or could only be used by a learner as part of their assessment (rather than by a qualified teacher in a classroom context.) To further try to clarify:
- You can upload all lesson plans, long term plans, short term plans and any other plans as long as they are not designed for or specifically advertised to students in Teacher Training Colleges. It is absolutely fine to advertise any lesson plans to fellow teachers. For example:
- This is fine: 5 English Lesson Plans on Oral Language for Junior Infants
- This is not fine: 5 English Lesson Plans on Oral Language - ideal for TP students
- This is not fine: 5 English Lesson Plans on Oral Language - from a 1:1 student
- This is not fine: 5 English Lesson Plans on Oral Language - as approved by XXX college
- This is not fine: 5 English Lesson Plans on Oral Language - ideal time saver for college assignment
- The lesson plans must not use any Teacher Training College template or logo, as has always been the case. It is advisable to use your own lesson planning template. These are very easy to do in MS Word or any other Word Processing package.
- The resource cannot be a copy of a previous assignment done in Teacher Training College.
- The description of your resources must not mention a Teacher Training College or an assignment or even a grade that it might have received while in college. This can be perceived as advertising.
- The title and description of the resource should not mention the name of a Teacher Training College in case this is perceived as advertising to students.
- You might have a look at this web site as it breaks down things further: https://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/Academic-Integrity.aspx