Title: Academic Integrity: Confessionals of a Reluctant Expert
Presenter: Dr. Lisa G. Bullard, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University
Academic integrity issues are among the most stressful that faculty face, and the statistics on student cheating rates and attitudes about cheating are troubling.Addressing academic integrity violations can be time consuming and emotionally stressful.In order to avoid the issue, some faculty have chosen to either eliminate homework or to count it a very small percentage of the course grade.Other faculty avoid confronting students or simply issue vague warnings, thereby implicitly endorsing a culture of cheating. Neither approach creates a healthy learning climate for students and instead sends the message that shortcuts will be tolerated, ironically providing an incentive for otherwise honest students to feel that they have to cheat to compete. Moreover, with the advent of new smart technology, students have an entirely new set of tools to assist them in sharing information during exams. In small classes these violations are easier to police, but as enrollment and class sizes grow, it becomes an increasing challenge to monitor this behavior.
In response to the challenges that faculty face in this area, this webinar will provide guidance and resources on how to develop expectations around academic integrity and clearly communicate those expectations using multiple avenues. Low-maintenance processes to monitor student behavior on homework and exams will be discussed, and examples of how to engage with students around this topic will be provided.
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