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A presentation about the ALTC priority project on academic integrity standards at Australian universities (2010-2012)

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UOW presentation ALTC project 4.05.2011

  1. 1. Academic Integrity Standards: Aligning policy and practice in Australian universities ALTC Priority Project 2010-2012 Tracey Bretag Project Leader Julianne East, Margaret Green, Colin James, Ursula McGowan, Lee Partridge, Margaret Wallace and Ruth Walker with Saadia Mahmud Project Manager Presentation to UEC at the University of Wollongong 4 th May 2011
  2. 2. overview <ul><ul><ul><li>University of Wollongong’s recent involvement in academic integrity (AI) activities and project development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to the ‘Academic Integrity Standards’ ALTC priority project (2010-2012) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the project’s research questions and process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>what have we done so far? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>preliminary analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>future stages of research </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. background to UOW’s involvement <ul><ul><li>2006 ESDF funded project with to investigate curriculum-integrated approaches to developing skills in accessing, appraising and appropriately acknowledging resources and using resources to support arguments (develop critical thinking) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007 ESDF funded project to bring together several different, but related projects on ‘academic integrity’, support networking opportunities and conduct a University of Wollongong Academic Integrity Symposium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007 UOW won bid to host 4 th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity (4APCEI) in 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. APFEI website
  5. 5. conferences <ul><li>APFEI international bi-annual conferences held in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>conference themes shifted from plagiarism as the central focus, to changing contexts of education with the impact of new media & internationalisation, sharing best teaching & learning strategies </li></ul><ul><li>next conference (5APCEI) to be held at the University of Western Australian in 2011 </li></ul>
  6. 6. how did the ALTC project happen? <ul><li>The Asia Pacfic Forum on Educational Integrity (APFEI) </li></ul><ul><li>increasing involvement of UOW staff in APFEI following successful 4APCEI at UOW in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Ruth Walker (Deputy Co-Chair with Tracey Bretag 2010; Co-Chair with Tracey Bretag 2011), David Griffith (Chair 2010), and Margaret Wallace (committee member 2010-11) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This ALTC Priority Project (2010-2012) will provide exemplars and resources that can be used in UOW to augment existing academic integrity resources and make a stronger alignment between policy and actual practice </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. ALTC project development <ul><li>Discussion since 2008 about inconsistency of AI policies </li></ul><ul><li>Members of research team all members of APFEI </li></ul><ul><li>Six universities involved: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of South Australia (lead institution) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>La Trobe University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The University of Adelaide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The University of Newcastle </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The University of Western Australia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Wollongong </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Successful grant application: 2010 ALTC Priority Project </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. the project’s research questions <ul><li>What are Australian universities’ policies and procedures for academic integrity breaches? </li></ul><ul><li>What responses to breaches of academic integrity are actually implemented in practice? </li></ul><ul><li>What is good practice in aligning academic integrity policy with teaching and learning strategies? </li></ul><ul><li>How could a culture of academic integrity be more effectively fostered in the current Australian higher education context? </li></ul>
  9. 9. process <ul><li>Academic integrity policy data collection and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Academic integrity breach data collection and analysis (from the six participating universities) </li></ul><ul><li>I nterviews and focus groups of academic integrity stakeholders and a student survey </li></ul><ul><li>Drafting of exemplars in collaboration with team members, academic integrity breach decision-makers and Colloquium experts. </li></ul><ul><li>Development and dissemination of teaching and learning resources. </li></ul>
  10. 10. the project’s activities so far <ul><li>As of May 2011, the ALTC project team have focused on doing the following: </li></ul><ul><li>collect AI policies from all Australian universities </li></ul><ul><li>preliminary analysis </li></ul><ul><li>cross-check analysis by ALTC project team </li></ul><ul><li>third round to cross check analysis </li></ul><ul><li>determine best 12 AI policies </li></ul><ul><li>further analysis and ranking of top AI policies </li></ul>
  11. 11. Stage 1: analyse policies and survey students <ul><li>Determine best AI policies OR best elements from a range of AI polices to be used in exemplar </li></ul><ul><li>publish results </li></ul><ul><li>Survey students at 6 universities (part of Stage 3) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>via TellUs2 online survey platform </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Key aims of survey: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>students’ understanding of AI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students’ experience of AI process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>best ways to educate students about AI </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Student surveys </li></ul><ul><li>to be delivered to each of the six universities involved in the ALTC project </li></ul>
  13. 13. Stage 2: collect breach data <ul><li>Sample of breach data from 6 participating universities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>snapshot of how universities actually respond to breaches of academic integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>compare findings against the policy directions identified in Stage 1. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collect information on how universities record, store and manage academic misconduct data. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Stage 3: determine good practice <ul><li>Interviews: </li></ul><ul><li>with academic integrity breach decision makers at the 6 universities involved in the project </li></ul><ul><li>Focus groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>academic staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>academic service division staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>administrative staff involved in managing misconduct investigation matters </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>develop exemplars </li></ul><ul><li>complementary teaching and learning resources. </li></ul><ul><li>staff support and professional development resources </li></ul>Stage 4: culture of integrity
  16. 16. dissemination strategies <ul><li>APFEI website and community </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Quality Forum July 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>International Center for Academic Integrity Conference October 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>AALL conference, Melbourne </li></ul><ul><li>5APCEI, Perth UWA September 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Colloquium with Reference Group February 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>establish shared understanding of AI </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>refine and finalise exemplars </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>contribute to practical teaching and learning resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>ALTC project report (open access) June 2012 </li></ul>
  17. 17. what’s next for UOW? <ul><li>please promote the online survey to students – we’ll send you information that you can provide in class or online – and there will be posters and announcements to students around campus </li></ul><ul><li>respond to our requests for interviews and focus group participation over the next few weeks </li></ul><ul><li>read our newsletter and share with colleagues </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>For more information about this ALTC project on Academic Integrity Standards, please contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Tracey Bretag (UniSA team leader) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>UOW team members: </li></ul><ul><li>Ruth Walker, Learning Development </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Wallace, Curriculum Development and Review </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>