Notes by Robbyn Lanning, Camosun librarian, from Going Remote with Integrity - Webinar presented by Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant (Director, Academic Integrity Office, UC San Diego) and co-sponsored by the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI)
It takes time to shift the culture of academic integrity from a punitive focus on rule compliance to a more proactive and preventative approach. Together as a college community, we can build a more positive, educative, and supportive culture, with ongoing reflection and intention to improve our institutional and individual practices. There is no silver bullet!
PREVENT Spend more time up front to help minimize cheating and plagiarism in the first place.
DESIGN ASSESSMENTS that foster academic integrity.
PROVIDE ONGOING SUPPORT throughout the term.
MONITOR and PROMPTLY INTERVENE Remember, nothing is cheat proof!
Reduce opportunities and reasons for academic misconduct by:
Connect with CETL for help in designing your assessments.
Many of ideas on this page have been adapted and are shared with permission from: Seeland, J., & Munn, C. (2020, October). Assessment design 101: The intersection of academic integrity and pedagogy. Presented virtually for Assiniboine Community College, Brandon, MB. (Also see: https://assiniboine.libguides.com/ai-faculty)
Spend more time up front to help minimize cheating and plagiarism in the first place.
Make sure students know about and understand academic integrity
Inform students about the resources available to help them
Provide support throughout the term.
Understand/discuss why students cheat: exhaustion, time constraints, lack of skills or confidence, assignment confusion, life circumstances, seeing opportunities, struggles with English, stress, etc.:
Focus on learning as process, not product (assessment for learning, formative assessment):
Revisit the significance of academic integrity throughout the course, particularly before evaluations.
Provide more time for quizzes (not less) and offer extensions to decrease stress.
Avoid pre-made test banks; create large randomized question banks.
Discuss the policies with your Chair/Program Leader/peers, and determine consistent ways to address the most common types of academic misconduct.
Remember, nothing is cheat proof!
If possible, encourage informal resolution through a conversation with the student. Use a formal process only if necessary:
Follow through on consequences:
Honour statements have been shown to be very effective in helping to curb academic dishonesty. As part of your start-of-term review of academic integrity, consider having students sign an honour statement. You can have them revisit this statement at the beginning of all your assessments throughout the term.
Sample honour statement: “I will not disclose any details about this exam to any other student. I will not copy, paste or share any details about this exam in any form: verbally, printed or electronically. All details will remain in D2L. I will complete this exam on my own. No other person may assist me or complete the exam for me. Grades that are significantly different from the grades that I have earned throughout the term will be questioned and may be subject to a follow-up with my instructor. Any violation of this agreement will result in a zero grade on the exam and an academic honesty report on my student record. I agree to not disclose the details of this exam as outlined above. I understand the consequences of violating this exam integrity agreement.”
“Many are tempted to cheat, but honor codes are surprisingly effective in curbing the problem.”