Promoting Integrity in All Learning Environments

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Promoting Integrity in All Learning Environments

  1. 1. Promoting Integrity in all Academic Environments Lisa Marie Johnson, Ph.D. johnson.lisamarie@gmail.com
  2. 2. WHAT IS IT? Academic Integrity
  3. 3. Defining Academic Integrity • You are an academic if you are associated with an academy. An academy is commonly defined as a college or other organization focused on education. • To have integrity commonly means to act with honesty. Thus, academic integrity can be defined as acting honestly in all college related activities. Although definitions and policies for academic integrity vary, they always involve an expectation for honesty in coursework. CCCOnline. (2010). Student academic integrity tutorial. Available from http://links.ccconline.org/integrity
  4. 4. When Does Academic Integrity Apply? Life Informal Learning Formal Learning
  5. 5. What Does Academic Integrity Involve? • Sharing identity information (e.g., logins, passwords, bio-signatures) • Submitting coursework completed by another (e.g., buying a term paper; submitting another’s work from a course) • Unauthorized assistance with coursework (e.g., collaboration that results in a change in performance on an assessment, such as unapproved tutoring) • Committing an act of plagiarism (e.g., poor research and citation technique; copying) CCCOnline. (2010). Student academic integrity tutorial. Available from http://links.ccconline.org/integrity
  6. 6. HOW TO ADDRESS IT? Academic Integrity
  7. 7. Institutional and Course Strategies Policing Prevention Ethical Lorenzetti, J. P. (2010, May). Combating online dishonesty with communities of integrity. Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education – www.facultyfocus.com
  8. 8. Policing Identify the infraction Prove the infraction Punish the infraction Should long term records of acts of dishonesty persist in the academic transcript? Is knowledge of habitual cheating a legitimate educational interest among faculty?
  9. 9. Prevention • Constructing pathways to honesty Constructing barriers to dishonesty • Available and usable policies & procedures (e.g., honor pledges, honor codes) • Use of software to deter and police • Assessment design to promote authentic demonstrations of knowledge and skill
  10. 10. Ethical How do we encourage students to self-regulate and motivate themselves to be honest? How can we instill a value and accountability for the community? classroom program college societal
  11. 11. HOW TO PROMOTE IT? Academic Integrity
  12. 12. Strategies practical advice to promote a culture of academic integrity
  13. 13. Strategies 1) Make information on academic integrity very easy to find on your campus website, library website, department website, course, within the syllabus and within assignment specifics 2) Include ethics instruction within the core curriculum and/or area-specific within degree plans 3) Talk about academic integrity at orientation programs and events 4) Provide students with a course or course lesson on research and/or study skills 5) Develop boilerplate language on academic integrity University of Texas Telecampus & FacultyFocus. (2010, May). 91 ways to maintain academic integrity in online courses. Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education – www.facultyfocus.com
  14. 14. Strategies 6) Assign a department academic integrity liaison to support faculty 7) Write a letter to your students about integrity and post it in your course 8) Link to information about academic integrity on your campus website 9) Require students to read and agree to the campus academic integrity policy 10) Provide students with a writing handbook University of Texas Telecampus & FacultyFocus. (2010, May). 91 ways to maintain academic integrity in online courses. Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education – www.facultyfocus.com
  15. 15. Strategies 11) Ask students to restate the academic integrity policy (this can also be used as a writing sample to use when grading and reviewing student work) 12) Ask students to reflect on the academic integrity policy in the discussion board 13) Include a lesson on academic integrity – especially in introductory courses 14) Include a lesson on avoiding plagiarism 15) Provide opportunities for students to apply their values to decision-making as a part of case studies, current events or historical issue assignments University of Texas Telecampus & FacultyFocus. (2010, May). 91 ways to maintain academic integrity in online courses. Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education – www.facultyfocus.com
  16. 16. Strategies 16) Include an ethical decision-making case study within your course 17) Have a syllabus quiz that includes an academic integrity statement 18) Develop a class honor code at the start of the semester 19) Ask students to reflect on integrity and honor and how it applies to education in the discussion board 20) Believe and act as thought a culture of academic integrity exists University of Texas Telecampus & FacultyFocus. (2010, May). 91 ways to maintain academic integrity in online courses. Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education – www.facultyfocus.com
  17. 17. Strategies practical advice to police and prevent violations of academic integrity
  18. 18. Strategies Use originality checking software and train everyone on proper use/interpretation of the software results  Promote authentication measures by using drafting, and collaborative activity staged throughout the term and assessments  Compare student writing in the discussion with that on assignments and papers; a writing sample collected at the start of the semester is advised  Have a mechanism for reporting and maintaining a record of every violation and consequence University of Texas Telecampus & FacultyFocus. (2010, May). 91 ways to maintain academic integrity in online courses. Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education – www.facultyfocus.com
  19. 19. Strategies Some ideas include: o Article (Journal) Critiques o Audio Recordings o Blogging o Brainstorming o Case-Based Instruction o Concept Mapping o Debate o Document Analysis o Fieldwork (Includes Apprenticeship) o Gaming o Group Problem Solving o Group Reports o Hypothetical Situations o Interviews o Journaling o Literature Review o Multimedia Presentation (Video and Film) o Peer Editing / Review o Portfolios o Presentations o Q & A (Students pose questions) o Application Quizzing o Reflections o Role Playing o Simulations o Socratic Dialogue o Webquest o Wikis / Collaborative Authoring  Use authentic forms of assessment whenever an alternative to do so from traditional high-stakes exams/quizzes and knowledge-level testing. Teaching Activities (n.d.). Illinois Online Network http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/otai/
  20. 20. Resources • WCET (2009). Best practices to promote academic integrity in online education. wcet.wiche.edu • Faculty Focus (2010). Special Report: Promoting academic integrity in online education. Magna Publication. facultyfocus.com

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