Integrity Matters

An ICAI Blog providing the latest insights about academic integrity

 


 

On February 23rd, the International Center for Academic Integrity and the National College Testing Association co-hosted me in delivering a webinar on the critical roles that testing and academic integrity professionals will play in the future of assessment in the GenAI era. In the webinar, I suggested that higher education institutions leverage this opportunity of GenAI to rethink both what teaching, learning and assessment look like, and the role that faculty versus professionals play in ensuring integrity in those processes.

There were a lot of questions raised during the webinar that I did not have time to address. So, I am grouping them here according to theme and then answering them in hopes of furthering the conversation beyond just those who attended the webinar live....

Claudine Gay’s recent resignation as Harvard’s president has shed light on the fundamental problem with many institutions’ plagiarism policies and perceptions—they focus more on cheating than on learning. This underscores the need to revise how we view and respond to plagiarism by prioritizing learning, attending to the complexities of rhetorical expectations, and making room for the writing process.

The complaints about Gay’s writing identify instances of plagiarism—particularly passages that don’t meet Harvard’s expectations about quoting or paraphrasing. If Gay had turned in this work as a Harvard student, ...

Attending international academic events nourishes students, especially in our disciplines and helps us to broaden our perspectives and networks. However, when we get the chance to take an active part in such events and have the chance to be heard, it not only boosts our confidence but also our motivation. That was one of the reasons why so many of us were eager to take part in the International Day of Action for Academic Integrity (IDoA). Our IDoA Student Working Group came together to discuss and generate a mindmap and an infographic about the ethical use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Another reason for our enthusiasm was involvement in the International Center for Academic Integrity (IC...

Where does Artificial intelligence (AI) belong in student life? The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) tasked our small group of students from around the globe with tackling this question. Although far from experts, we each had experiences with this challenge of ethically integrating AI into academic life that prompted our interest in joining this discussion.

The diversity of our group was our strength, with members from Canada, Nigeria, and Türkiye, to name a few. We held frequent meetings to collaborate our thoughts and experiences with AI in our academic journeys, realizing several interesting points that united us despite different geographic contexts.

Recognizing the value of these insights, as the International Day of Action Student Working Group, ...

As Academic Integrity Unit Student Ambassadors at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), we aim to promote academic integrity and excellence across the UTM community. In this role, we actively engage in various campus events to spread the word on what it means to be an academically honest student, offer informative tips to help our peers avoid academic misconduct, and answer student inquiries. After learning about the ICAI’s 2023 IDoA Student Creativity Contest, our team knew that this would be a great opportunity to demonstrate our knowledge of academic integrity and create a valuable resource that could be shared with students worldwide.

The aim of our poster submission was to merge the technological aspect of artificial intelligence (AI) (seen in the chosen graphi...

There are only seven weeks until the ICAI’s Annual Conference in Calgary! Some of the upcoming blogs will show the range of programs that attendees will have access to. This week, enjoy a look at several of the posters that you will be able to engage with!

We’ll start out with this poster from Greer Murphy out of the University of Rochester:

As integrity administrators, we may find ourselves combatting perceptions of our as synonymous with that of classroom ‘cops,’ our policies as needlessly punitive, and any post-responsibility measures we offer as controlling, finger-wagging, and too onerous. By framing academic integrity as a matter of choice, and developing training with autonomy support in mind...

Over two decades ago, Prensky (2001) introduced the term 'digital natives' to describe individuals born into a world of technological marvels, naturally used to the advancements of the era, contrary to digital immigrants who adapt to these advancements. Digital immigrants found themselves standing in the wind created by these digital natives, and to thrive in this dynamic environment, immigrants must adapt to their language and welcome the winds of change.

While winds can be disruptive, they also carry the potential for growth, much like the seeds of flowers dispersed by the breeze. The blossoming of these seeds may take time, face obstacles, or land in less-than-ideal conditions. One such seed, ushered in by the wind of change, is the impactful presence of Artificial Intelligen...

There was a new first for academic integrity recently when the pioneering new ACARI Conference was inaugurated to promote academic integrity in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Hosted by Middlesex University Dubai from December 17-19 2023, the event was co-founded by Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, Dr Salim Razi, Dr Shahid Soroya and Dr Muaawia Hamza, and chaired by Dr Sreejith Balasubramaniam. Getting a major new international event off the ground and joining up an academic and research community across huge regions to provide a voice for diverse speakers is a significant achievement that all those involved are undoubtedly and deservedly proud of. It was great to see speakers from countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Georgia, Iran, Turkey, U...

It is the start of the new year. Since Boxing Day, you have likely been inundated with new things to try for the New Year, New You! Unlike those cosmetic products, diet pills, and work out devices, I am not going to ask you to make major changes in your practice today. Instead, I am going to tote the same old strategies to help reduce academic misconduct: communication. Communication should happen in your course syllabus, on every assignment, and to clarify why in the course of your pedagogy. Let's take a look back at some of the ways communication has been promoted through this blog:

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Happy Holidays from the International Center for Academic Integrity! No matter where, or what, you are celebrating, odds are that you have a day or two off to recharge. I encourage you to take this time and completely turn off your academic integrity brain. In fact, taking a break is good for your health.

Instead of worrying about classes, try baking a new recipe. Or, if you are me, just watch other people bake on Netflix! Spend time with loved ones that fill your cup. If you are starting to feel the effects of burn out, try reaching out to a therapist. One thing is for certain, take this time to care for yourself. Need a list of ways to recharge? Try the below suggestions or add your own:

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