Does the move to alternative delivery have you concerned about student cheating?
RRC's Lisa Vogt, EAL Specialist with the Academic Success Centre, has been digging into this topic: “Leading academic integrity research shows that online delivery is low on the list of factors that contribute to academic misconduct."
That's a relief. Nonetheless, as Instructors we have an important role to play in creating a culture of integrity in our courses.
What can we do? Here are a few examples:
A big piece for instructors is also well-designed assessments. Yesterday in Faculty Fridays, we learned some summative assessment ideas for alternative delivery. We also unpacked it further during FF@4 – our Tuesday and Thursday check in for faculty over WebEx. Here are best practices for summative assessments while also building a culture of academic integrity:
Lisa aded this important takeaway: “Most of these recommendations are just as valid under normal circumstances as they are in alternative delivery. Instructors have more control than they may realize. By demonstrating their own integrity, maintaining connections with students, being flexible in stressful times, and possibly cutting back the breadth and focusing on depth, instructors can create a culture where academic integrity can survive. The area that is very particular to these circumstances is allowing students the opportunity to collaborate with people or reference materials in ways that they may not have been allowed before – if they cite where the information comes from."
What are you doing to build a culture of academic integrity in your courses?
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