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1 Maintaining academic integrity in online courses Clint Brooks, M.Ed. NorthWest Arkansas Community College

2 Academic Dishonesty and Academic Integrity

3 “…acts which may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational process” (NWACC, 2006, 154) What is Academic Dishonesty?

4 Includes:  “Copying from another student’s paper during an examination.”  “Plagiarism”  “Substituting for another person …to take an examination” (NWACC, 2006, 154)

5 Why is Academic Integrity so important? “…two out of three students admitted to having engaged in at least one of 14 questionable academic behaviors” (McCabe & Trevino, 1996)

6 Why is Academic Integrity so important? “70 percent of students at the schools admitted to (test cheating)” (McCabe & Trevino, 1996)

7 Why is Academic Integrity so important? Institutional integrity Ethical integrity of students Professional integrity of disciplines

8 Academic Integrity and Distance Learning “…both students and faculty believe it is easier to cheat in a distance learning class, …” (Kennedy, et. al.; 2000)

9 Academic Integrity and Distance Learning 40% admit to helping other students with online exams. Only 13.7% admit to helping other students during lecture exams. (Lanier, 2006, 253)

10 Approaches to Addressing Academic Dishonesty

11 CIHE (Commission on Institutions of Higher Education) DL Best Practices “When examinations are employed … they take place in circumstances that include firm student identification.” (CIHE, 13)

12 CIHE (Commission on Institutions of Higher Education) DL Best Practices “The institution otherwise seeks to assure the integrity of student work.” (CIHE, 13)

13 Institutional Approaches to Academic Dishonesty Faculty Reporting “Grading Sanctions” “Admonition or Probation” “Suspension or Expulsion” (NWACC, 2006, 155)

14 Do no harm Fear of harming students’ careers “perceptions of complicated disciplinary processes,” “confronting and reporting student cheating” “These factors may lead faculty to ignore or side-step student cheating,” (Bertram Gallant and Drinan, 2006, p. 845)

15 Control, Identify, Monitor Proctoring Picture identification Signed confirmation Time limits These tactics are not negative, in and of themselves

16 Prevention and Student Ethical Responsibility Honor Codes Student and Faculty Responsibilities 10 Principles of Academic Integrity for Faculty (McCabe & Pavela, 2004, 12-14)

17 10 Principles of Academic Integrity for Faculty (McCabe & Pavela) Recognize and affirm academic integrity as a core institutional value. Foster a lifelong commitment to learning. Affirm the role of teacher as guide and mentor.

18 10 Principles of Academic Integrity for Faculty (McCabe & Pavela) Help students understand the potential of the Internet--and how that potential can be lost if online resources are used for fraud, theft, and deception.

19 10 Principles of Academic Integrity for Faculty (McCabe & Pavela) Encourage student responsibility for academic integrity. Clarify expectations for students. Develop fair and creative forms of assessment.

20 10 Principles of Academic Integrity for Faculty (McCabe & Pavela) Reduce opportunities to engage in academic dishonesty. Respond to academic dishonesty when it occurs. Help define and support campus-wide academic- integrity standards.

21 Practical Approaches to a Prevention- Based Approach

22 Writing Identifiable via searches Identifiable via style and consistency

23 Writing – The Challenge “Many websites provide written papers including and (Lanier, 2006, 247) “AllFreeEssays.com … Asian Grade … School Sucks … TermPaperGenie…” (Weisbard, 2007)

24 Writing – Identifying via Searching most universities will have sizable amounts of plagiarism occurring in their subjects using electronic means to download text from the internet. (O’Connor, 2003)

25 Writing – Identifying via Searching It is suspected that this is the tip of the iceberg in that any copying from textbooks is, at this time, unable to be detected (O’Connor, 2003)

26 Writing – Identifying via Searching Services  Turnitin.com Controversies  Presumption of guilt  Copyright of student papers

27 Writing – Identifying via Searching Other search options:  Google  Yahoo  Ebscohost

28 Writing – Identifying via Style and Consistency “Inconsistent writing style” “Use of language” “Datedness” “Repetition” (University of Tasmania, 2006)

29 Writing – Identifying via Style and Consistency Use students regular writing as a benchmark for their formal writing Have students write as often as is practical and fair

30 Project-based Assessment Web-based projects Multimedia projects Mailed projects Experiential projects

31 Project-based Assessment “With project-based assessment, the dangers … are diminished the more individually the project is tailored to the resources used in the course, the student's individual interests, and the use of intermittent ‘checkpoints’” (Abbott, et. al., 2000)

32 Collaborative Assessment “These methods constitute very powerful means of developing generic skills required by employers such as oral and written communication skills, group management and the ability to evaluate written and oral presentations critically.” (Hargreaves, 1997)

33 Online Testing Conditions Time Attempts Randomization Proctoring (including off-site proctoring: NCTA – National College Testing Association -

34 Other Vary assessment methods Gear assessments to subject matter and discipline Individualize assessments

35 How does Blackboard CE (WebCT) Help Maintain Academic Integrity?

36 Blackboard CE (4.1) Assignments

37 Blackboard CE (4.1) Assignments  Clarifies expectations  Opportunity for written or project based assessment  Opportunity for experiential assessment

38 Blackboard CE (4.1) Discussions

39 Blackboard CE (4.1) Discussions  Opportunity for regular student writing  Teacher as guide and mentor  Collaborative environment

40 Blackboard CE (4.1)

41 Blackboard CE (4.1)  Opportunity for regular student writing  Teacher as guide and mentor  Individualized interaction

42 Blackboard CE (4.1) Quiz Tool

43 Blackboard CE (4.1) Quiz Tool  Time Limits  Selective Release  Multiple Attempts  Randomization  Security

44 Blackboard CE (4.1) Presentations/Web pages

45 Blackboard CE (4.1) Presentations/Web pages  Opportunity for creative assessment  Opportunity for collaborative assessment  Opportunity for experiential assessment  Opportunity for project based assessment

46 Conclusion and Questions

47 References Abbott, Lynda, Siskovic, Holly, Nogues, Val, and Williams, Joanne G. “Learner Assessment in Multimedia Instruction: Considerations for the Instructional Designer.” Betram Gallant, Tricia, and Drinan, Patrick. “Organizational Theory and Student Cheating: Explanation, Responses, and Strategies.” Journal of Higher Education. Vol. 77 Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 2006):

48 References CIHE (Commission on Institutions of Higher Education). Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs. 13 Grijalva, Therese C., Nowell, Clifford, and Kerkvliet, Joe. “Academic Honesty and Online Courses.” College Student Journal. Vol. 40 Issue 1 (Mar 2006): Hargreaves, D.J. “Student learning and assessment are inextricably linked.” European Journal of Engineering Education; Vol. 22 Issue 4 (Dec 1997): p401, 9p

49 References Kennedy, Kristen, Nowak, Sheri, Raghuraman, Renuka, Thomas, Jennifer, and Davis, Stephen F. “ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND DISTANCE LEARNING: STUDENT AND FACULTY VIEWS.” College Student Journal. Vol. 34 Issue 2 (June 2000): 309, 6p Lanier, Mark M. “Academic Integrity and Distance Learning*.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education; Vol. 17 Issue 2, (Sep 2006):

50 References McCabe, Donald L., Trevino Linda Klebe. “What we know about cheating in college.” Change; Vol. 28 Issue 1 (Jan/Feb 1996): 28. McCabe, Donald L., Trevino Linda Klebe. “Ten [Updated] Principles of Academic Integrity: How Faculty Can Foster Student Honesty.” Change; Vol. 36 Issue 3 (May/June 2004): NorthWest Arkansas Community College. “Academic Dishonesty.” NorthWest Arkansas Community College Catalog;

51 References O’Connor, Steve. “Cheating and electronic plagiarism – scope, consequences and detection.” CAVAL Staff Publications CAVAL. May

52 References University of Tasmania. “How to identify academic dishonesty.” University of Tasmania Teaching and Learning Website University of Tasmania. May, 10, Weisbard, Phyllis Holman. “STUDENT CHEATING, PLAGIARISM (AND OTHER QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES), THE INTERNET, AND OTHER ELECTRONIC RESOURCES.” Women's Studies Librarian's Website - University of Wisconsin System UW System Women's Studies Librarian..

53 Contact Information Clint Brooks Director of Distance Learning NorthWest Arkansas Community College One College Drive Bentonville, AR (479)


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