Academic Integrity

Overview/Purpose

In this module you will explore the concept of academic integrity. This will include outside sources of information, as well as what is available at Western. The purpose of this module is to make you aware of why academic integrity is important when teaching and to open your eyes to different thoughts about the subject. For example, as an instructor you have an obligation to your students. This will take you approximately 40 minutes to complete if you do NOT listen to the podcast that is available and relevant.

Target Course Competencies

Investigate the topic of academic integrity as it applies to teaching.

Learning Objectives

  • Define academic integrity
  • Explore methods to maintain academic integrity.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Western’s resources.

Learning Activities

  1. Review competency and learning objectives.

Competency:

Investigate the topic of academic integrity as it applies to teaching.

Learning Objectives

  • Define academic integrity
  • Explore methods to maintain academic integrity.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Western’s resources.
  1. Define academic integrity. Integrity is one of Western’s values, so spend about 5 minutes exploring how academic integrity is being defined at other institutions of higher education. Why, because as you will see it can mean something a little different depending where you are teaching. Here are three links you can use, or find your own:
  1. Listen to podcast “A Discussion on Academic Integrity” (46 Minutes) It is 46 minutes in length – however worth the time to listen as it provides you really good examples. PA019: A Discussion on Academic Integrity Released September 30, 2016 – The Professional Adjunct Podcast

Why: This podcast helps you understand academic integrity from a faculty’s perspective. This is also a great podcast to subscribe to for relevant information,that can be used by regular faculty, as well as adjunct.

PA019: A Discussion on Academic Integrity (Released September 30, 2016) – The Professional Adjunct Podcast

Learning Materials

  1. Read Academic Integrity: A Letter to My Students.

This is particularly helpful, since it talks about the student’s responsibilities, as well as the instructor’s responsibilities.

Why: This is a great example that the instructor has as much responsibility as the student. It helps you remember important expectations for both student and instructor.

Click HERE to access the PDF file. It takes approximately 15 minutes to read.

Learning Materials

  1. Read the Report on Academic Integrity.

In particular, go to pages 12-13 and read “91 Ways to Maintain Academic Integrity in Online Courses”.

Why: It has some really great suggestions on how to maintain academic integrity in online courses, which is an area many are concerned with.

Click HERE to access the PDF file. It takes about 5 minutes if you only focus on pages 12-13.

Learning Materials

  1. Watch the video “What is So Important About Academic Integrity?” (8 minutes)

What Is So Important About Academic Integrity? International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) conference guests discuss the importance of academic integrity. Filmed during the ICAI 2008 International Conference in Myrtle Beach.

Learning Materials

  1. Watch the video “Plagiarism Rap (Cite Your Sources)” (1 minute) This is a 1 minute video, produced by students, regarding citing your sources.

Learning Materials

  1. Explore the International Center for Academic Integrity website. There are many resources available to you on academic integrity. They provide sample materials for you to use in your syllabus, as well as handouts you can share with your students. There are multiple videos available for you to watch and/or share with your students as well. Time will vary depending upon the number of videos you choose to view.

Learning Materials

  1. Read Academic Dishonesty. This provides you with Western’s guidelines on what to do if you think a student has cheated or plagiarized in some way. It takes 5 minutes to read and check out the links.
  1. Read Western’s policy “Code of Ethics for Employees.” Western’s policy and commitment is that employee actions will be conducted in accordance with the highest moral, legal and ethical standards. The policy takes about two minutes to read.

Learning Materials