Going for Excellence

At Solway College all assignments from Y7 to 13 are graded using the NCEA Achieved, Merit, Excellence grades. This page details the "ethical consideration" requirements for Excellence for any digital outcome submitted for a school assignment.

In your actual digital outcome

In the outcome you create the following is required:

  • All "borrowed" material (images, video, info) should be referenced correctly.
  • No copyrighted images to be used unless permission has been sought and granted.
  • Copied text should either be rewritten in own words or be within quotation marks. It should also be referenced correctly.
  • Privacy considerations must have been made.
  • The final outcome should not offend anyone in any way.

In your digital outcome evidence report

In your evidence report you must include the following:

  • The ethical considerations you made regarding the reusing of each "borrowed" item used in your digital outcome.
  • Any privacy considerations you made with regards to the images, videos or information used in your digital outcome.
  • Any moral considerations you made while creating your digital outcome.

Other Considerations

Apart from copyright, and the related topic of "fair use", you also need to consider things like other people's rights (e.g. their right to privacy) and not offending others. Also you need to know how to reference any items used in your school assignments.


Respecting other rights to privacy is covered by the Privacy Act. One important part of the act is that you cannot share information about or images of others without their permission.

Image source (License: CC0)
pixabay.com/photo-414227, 5Dec17

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Not Offending Others

Moral considerations are very important. The content of your digital outcome must not offend, upset or harm others in any way. This not only applies to the images used, but also the language and information used.

Image source (License: Public Domain)
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Damon_shocked.jpg, 5Dec17

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Correct Referencing

It is good practise to include the source of any item you use from the internet. There are a few accepted ways to do this. Always do it in such a way that it does not effect the design of your digital outcome.

Image source (License: CC BY Attribution 2.0.)
flic.kr/p/e2QMS5, 5Dec17

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