Langara College is pleased to announce a new, open-access toolkit designed to provide a broad array of academic integrity resources for educators titled: "Encouraging Academic Integrity Through a Preventative Framework” (2020).  This project is a collaborative initiative between the Teaching and Curriculum Development Center (TCDC), the Centre for Intercultural Engagement (CIE), and the Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Office (SCAI) in response to increasing requests from faculty for support addressing and promoting academic integrity in higher education.  

The toolkit was developed as a solution-focused resource to highlight practices that encourage academic integrity and to generate discourse about educational integrity. It includes a collection of sample activities and assessments that can be used to help students meet academic standards with integrity. In addition, it presents the Complexity Quadrant as a model to reframe conversations about academic integrity and assessments that promote academic honesty.  

The toolkit is an e-book available for free through BC Campus Pressbooks Open Education Resources. It is divided into four sections:   

  1. A description of the principles of academic integrity as defined by the International Centre for Academic Integrity.  
  2. A discussion of the nuances in expression and perception of academic integrity using a model we call the "Complexity Quadrant".  
  3. A list of strategies for fostering integrity in learners.  
  4. A collection of suggestions for preventing contraventions of academic integrity standards through assessment (re)design.  

The toolkit is intended to model open pedagogy/andragogy as an evolving, user-driven guide. Readers are invited to share feedback as well as other tools and/or examples of preventative approaches to assessment design to be included in this resource through an anonymous survey. Stories of successes or challenges are also welcome. In this way, the authors believe the toolkit will become a significant support to educators internationally and across disciplines.  

About the Authors 

Jessica Kalra* is an instructor and research scientist in STEM, an academic integrity advocate, member of the Academic Integrity Committee and previously a curriculum consultant in TCDC.   

Ragad Anwar is an instructor in Economics and an intercultural engagement consultant in the Centre for Intercultural Engagement. 

Maggie Ross is Director of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Cochair of the Academic Integrity Committee. 

Daryl Smith is Director of the Centre for Intercultural Engagement.  

Vicki Vogel is Director of the Langara Language Training Centre and an intercultural engagement consultant in the Centre for Intercultural Engagement. 

*corresponding author