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Academic Integrity PD Week

The Assiniboine Learning Commons and Academic Integrity Advisory Committee are excited to present a week of professional development opportunities related to academic integrity. It aligns with the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating, and the Manitoba Academic Integrity Network Speaker Series. Registration is open to anyone working at an educational institution.

Session 1

Well-being, well-rounded & well-informed: Educating students on academic integrity

A recent rapid review conducted on academic integrity and mental health during COVID-19 reminds us that educating students about academic integrity can have far reaching impacts outside of stopping academic misconduct. This presentation will explore the connection between student well-being and academic integrity, as well as the need for the continual reinforcement of these concepts throughout a student’s academic career. Creating a “proactive, positive and supportive” educational environment also means linking academic integrity concepts to practical workplace applications like codes of ethics.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Examine the relationship between student well-being and academic integrity.
  2. Investigate student’s attitudes toward academic integrity through recent Canadian studies.
  3. Discuss the importance of connecting academic integrity in education to practical applications in the workplace for student’s success.

Presenter: Jessi Robinson; Library Technician/Academic Integrity & Copyright Officer; Assiniboine Community College

Date: October 18, 2021

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am, CST

Location: Online via Zoom

Session 3

Contract cheating: identifying and addressing outsourced academic student work

Join us for an interactive session about how to identify and address contract cheating in student work. Contract cheating is not impossible to prove and there are concrete steps you can take to identify it and deal with it. Learn how to conduct a non-confrontational discovery interview with a student whom you believe might have engaged in contract cheating. Links to free online resources will be shared that you can download and start using right away.

Learning Outcomes:

In this session engaged participants will learn how to:

  1. Identify telltale signs of contract cheating.
  2. Conduct a non-confrontational conversation with a student suspected of contract cheating.
  3. Develop capacity in your school to ensure multiple instructors and members of staff feel confident and competent in dealing with contract cheating.

Presenter: Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton; University of Calgary

Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 9 am - 10 am, CST

Location: Online via Zoom

This session is part of the MAIN Speaker Series 2021/2022. Check out the MAIN Speaker Series event page for more sessions!

Session 5

Administrative justice influencing academic integrity

This session will walk participants into the landscape of values, beliefs, and their impact on educational environments. We will use the principles of administrative justice and academic integrity to highlight research informed practices. Finally, the group will deconstruct a policy using administrative justice and academic integrity principles.  

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Discuss the principles of administrative justice and academic integrity.
  2. Express administrative justice principles as a pathway to academic integrity practices.
  3. Examine policy using administrative justice and academic integrity lenses.

Presenter: Sheryl Prouse; Director, Learning Commons; Assiniboine Community College

Date: October 22, 2021

Time: 12 - 1 pm, CST

Location: Online via Zoom

Session 2

Good, better, best: academic integrity and assessment security 

While concerns about academic misconduct are nothing new, the recent and sudden shifts in learning environments have come with speculations about a cheating pandemic. Companies new and old claim to have off-the-shelf solutions to secure academic assessments, often with hefty price tags. Participants in this workshop will learn from the latest in research and evidence, as well as their own experiences, and place five selected assessment security approaches of varying technological levels in the context of academic integrity. These selected approaches are lockdown browsers, text-matching software, assessment design, e-proctoring, and IP address analysis.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Identify five different approaches to assessment security.
  2. Discuss assessment security in relation to key academic integrity frameworks.
  3. Examine the limitations and benefits of five different approaches to assessment security.

Presenter: Josh Seeland; Manager, Library Services; Assiniboine Community College

Date: October 19, 2021

Time: 10 am - 11 am, CST

Location: Online via Zoom

Session 4

Pedagogy before technology: taking a proactive, educative, and supportive approach to text-matching software

The purpose of this workshop is to help instructors determine if text-matching software would be useful for their courses, and if so, prepare them to implement Urkund in an effective and educative manner.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Summarize theoretical concepts and research-based practices that underpin a proactive, educative, and supportive approach to text-matching software.
  2. Interpret a text-matching software report and similarity score in order to determine if academic misconduct may have occurred.
  3. Outline how to implement Urkund text-matching software within your course.

Presenter: Caitlin Munn; Quality Assurance Specialist; Assiniboine Community College

Date: October 21, 2021

Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

Location: Online via Zoom