Online Resources


These online eClass courses are free to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty/staff and are shared with permission of MyGradskills of the Council of Ontario Universities. 

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training

  • Graduate students taking these ethics courses may, with consent of their department, use each course for one hour towards the eight hours of the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement.  Ethics courses taken after June 18, 2018 may not be used towards the Professional Development Requirement. 
  • For your records, a certificate is generated upon completion of the course.


  • Academic and Research Integrity


    Academic and Research Integrity

    This course will explore integrity issues in the graduate student setting. Academic integrity, research integrity, academic dishonesty and research misconduct will all be discussed. The module features many examples and animated case studies where you can test your knowledge. You will find the last unit particularly helpful as it explores ethics approval, data retention, record keeping and negotiating authorship.

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

    1. Define academic integrity and research integrity and apply these definitions to your own academic context;
    2. Analyze examples of academic and research misconduct to identify the causes and effects of these offences; and
    3. Develop a sense of personal responsibility for promoting integrity in academic and research work on campus.


    [Bullet] Self-enrol in the Academic and Research Integrity eClass

  • Intellectual Property: An Entrepreneur's Guide

    Intellectual Property: An Entrepreneur's Guide 

    This course offers an introduction to intellectual property. The course will introduce students of the basic definitions and types of intellectual property, including trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and copyrights. These topics will allow students, entrepreneurs and/or inventors to use this knowledge to make strategic decisions regarding the application for intellectual property protection. Some topics we will touch on include: How do you file for various types of intellectual property? How do you know if you have intellectual property? What rights do intellectual properties give a society, company and inventor?

    After completing this online course, you should be able to: 

    1. Provide a basic definition of intellectual property and be able to identify and distinguish between the different types of intellectual property protection.
    2. Define and provide examples of trademarks,patents,trade secrets and copyrights.
    3. Explain who owns different types of intellectual property in unique scenarios and the necessary steps in applying for intellectual property protection.
    4. Apply this new knowledge to future business ventures (either as an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur)


    [Bullet] Self-enrol in Intellectual Property--An Entrepreneur's Guide

  • Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

    Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism 

    Have you ever worried that you might accidentally plagiarize by forgetting to cite a source or by not paraphrasing thoroughly enough? You're not alone. Many graduate students share this fear, especially when managing many sources over several years.

    The purpose of this module is to help you understand plagiarism and develop strategies to avoid it. The units in this module describe in detail the steps you need to take when borrowing ideas, from note-taking effectively to incorporating sources with proper citations. Examples of plagiarism cases are included to help you understand why and how plagiarism occurs. By strengthening these research and writing habits, you will be able to prevent plagiarism in your own work and feel more confident as an academic writer.

    After completing this module, you should be able to:

    1. Define plagiarism and evaluate texts for potential plagiarism;
    2. Develop and apply proper paraphrasing, quoting, and citing strategies to avoid plagiarizing; and
    3. Develop greater confidence in your ability to avoid plagiarism.


    [Bullet] Self-enrol in Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism eClass