Integrity Matters

An ICAI Blog providing the latest insights about academic integrity

 


 

Alex
In the Writing Program (WP), within the English Department at Deree – The American College of Greece, three consecutive courses acquaint first-year college students with academic writing skills, starting with critical reading skills and annotations up to argumentative writing and research skills. And, as every instructor in every course, WP instructors do their best to acquaint students with principles of academic integrity. This effort is particularly challenging when the culture of integrity is elusive, as in Greece, owing to educational practices in high school but also a lacking investigative culture on the side of professors in universities, as Apostolos Lakasas (2022) explains. A current study, involving over 400 Greek undergraduate and postgraduate st...

Having worked for over ten years in an Office of Academic Integrity established in 2008, I sometimes forget how rare such units are. Few higher educational institutions across North America have dedicated offices for academic integrity. So, what has set Waterloo apart?

First and foremost, our senior administrator, Bruce Mitchell (Associate Provost, Academic and Student Affairs), championed academic integrity. He led a committee that explored this topic across our campus. As part of the initial exploration, we deployed the McCabe survey in 2006. The findings, compared to other Canadian and U.S. schools, informed a final report titled “Toward a Level Playing Field: Enhancing Academic Integrity at the University of Waterloo.” The report included 36 recommendations, one of which...

As co-chair of the International Day of Action for Academic Integrity 2024, it’s my huge pleasure to launch our Integrity Boat to set sail on the high seas of academic conduct for this year’s exciting theme:

‘All hands on deck: Making academic integrity everyone’s job’

Please put October 16, 2024 in your calendars!

This year’s theme focuses on academic integrity as the responsibility of everyone involved in education: all faculty, staff and students. It involves promoting academic integrity as an important job, central to all institutions. Academic integrity global leaders: Tricia Bertram Gallant, Sarah Eaton, Kane Murdoch, Ann Rogerson, Amanda McKenzie, Irene Glendinning, Thomas Lancaster, Zeenath Khan, among many others, have been f...

En esta colaboración quisiera hacer un breve recuento del contenido de The Role of Compassion in Academic Integrity Management Processes, un texto que felizmente tuvimos oportunidad de escribir Luis Guerrero, Jean Guerrero y un servidor, con motivo del incremento del contract cheating durante la pandemia, hecho que, además de inédito, resultó abrumador, ya que tan solo entre abril de 2019 y agosto de 2020, la solicitud de este tipo de servicios subió un 196 por ciento, mientras que el precio por maquilar un ensayo académico de mil palabras ¡bajó de 31 a 5.73 dólares! (Lancaster & Cotarlan, 2021).

Como era previsible, la reacción del profesorado no se hizo esperar. La creatividad y el cinismo estudiantil para echar mano de la trampa se toparon de frente con la frust...

Plagiarism is a familiar concept to the general public and in academia, but research suggests that college students lack specific knowledge of what constitutes unintentional plagiarism, also known as patchwriting (Howard, 1995; Roig, 1997; McCabe, Butterfield, & Trevino, 2012). Patchwriting refers to “passages that are not copied exactly but that have nevertheless been borrowed from another source, with some changes” (Howard, 1995, p. 799). Scholars argue that many students entering university have not developed strong skills in citing and referencing. This may be because traditional education systems often emphasize tests and lectures over writing assessments.

Research in Puerto Rico

In the Puerto Rican context, the problem of academic dishonest...

So many of the discussions surrounding academic integrity and generative AI have focused on the implications for teaching, education and learning. My experience is that proficient users of systems like ChatGPT can do so much more than generate academic-sounding text. Academics and students alike can use this to complete research studies, bringing in opportunities for increased productivity, but also raising research integrity risks.

As part of a presentation that I first gave at the ICAI Conference 2024 (and again as part of Steph Allen’s Academic Integrity Speaker Series), I shared several unpublished academic integrity research studies I’d completed using generative AI as an acknowledged aid. The techniques used, of course, can easily be extended to other research fields....

Se dice habitualmente que “las palabras mueven, pero el ejemplo arrastra”. Soy un convencido de que esta frase es verdad, especialmente cuando hablamos de valores, moral e integridad. Sin embargo, muchas veces hacemos mucho hincapié en como detectar situaciones o comportamientos de falta de integridad. O trabajamos, en las distintas universidades, en como impulsar la denuncia por parte de los estudiantes y crear una cultura de integridad. Todo esto está bien y claro que hay que seguir haciéndolo. Aún así, poco ponemos el foco en fomentar la integridad y responsabilidad en los docentes.

Asumimos que por el hecho de ser docentes ya van a ser íntegros, responsables y honestos, y la mayoría a si lo son y no tengo duda. Además, en las grandes cuestiones éticas tenemos cl...

Introduction
The following blog will discuss the research I conducted regarding student cheating behaviors at Humber College. I had selected this topic for a variety of reasons, but I was most interested in revealing the impact of COVID-19 and the increase in online learning on the student body at Humber. I was also hoping to uncover how students having limited control over their own work impacted engagement in cheating. For instance, I had theorized that assessment types like online quizzes contribute to cheating behaviors by preventing students from engaging in meaningful and creative work.

Existing Data
As predicted, existing data containing themes of online learning did not favor online teaching styles for various reasons. Lee and ...

Last week I participated in an academic integrity panel entitled ‘Navigating academic integrity in the age of breakthrough technologies’. It aimed to be an event to bring together experts from Higher Education and technology (represented through Turnitin staff) to explore how to collectively address current challenges in Higher Education with academic integrity. The other panel members were Tricia Bertram Gallant (who of course needs no introductions to ICAI members!), Leslie Layne (University of Lynchburg, USA), Viatcheslav (Slava) Dmitriev (Rennes School of Business, France) and Patti West-Smith (Turnitin). In this blog, I am going to reflect on some of my take...

This blog describes how I incorporated Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools into student empirical projects emphasizing academic integrity. In my Econometrics class that I teach to sixth-semester economics students at the University of Monterrey, I designed an activity to solve practical problems and communicate results using AI.

AI Predictive Modeling Projects Emphasizing Academic Integrity
In economics, an empirical project entails producing research with observable and verifiable information. Three examples of empirical projects are 1) the evolution of pollution in Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico, from 1990-2022; 2) co-movements in the price of steel and copper over time; and 3) predicting the share price of a particular company. This information can com...