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MAIN Speaker Series 2021/22

The Manitoba Academic Integrity Network is excited to present a series of professional development opportunities related to academic integrity. Registration links are found within each session, and open to anyone working at or attending an educational institution. Email with any further questions.

A PDF "Certificate of Completion" will be emailed to those who complete all six sessions in this series.

Session 1

Creating engaging and authentic assessments online: Considerations for emerging practice

Authentic assessments are needed now more than ever. Authentic assessments can minimize the technological arms race involved in academic misconduct, and they embrace truly human approaches to education that are also relevant to the future of work. This session outlines considerations for designing more authentic assessments in online learning environments and the challenges involved in doing so.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Explain the influence authentic assessments exert on academic integrity violations
  2. List the characteristics of authentic assessments and the nature of authentic tasks
  3. Reflect on the authenticity of assessments according to the five-dimensional framework for authentic assessment
  4. Explore the benefits and limitations of implementing authentic assessments

Presenter: Dr. Jason Openo, Medicine Hat College and University of Alberta

Date: October 4, 2021

Time: 10 am - 11 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

Session 5

Murky waters of academic file-sharing

Academic file-sharing refers to the transfer and trading of lecture materials, notes, assignments, and exam questions and answers with other students and/or with Internet-based entities. Access to shared files may be freely available but, in many cases, requires a fee or the exchange of credits. Join Dr. Brenda Stoesz (University of Manitoba) and Josh Seeland (Assiniboine Community College) for an interactive session on the practice of academic file-sharing among students. Learn about key issues with file-sharing, and how to address this practice from an academic integrity perspective.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe academic file-sharing and how it works
  2. Identify ways in which predatory file-sharing entities (i.e., companies or individuals) exploit and deceive students
  3. Discuss contextual factors related to academic file-sharing and academic misconduct
Note: Some content in this session has been previously presented at the University of Manitoba, University of Calgary, Georgian College, and is a recommended beginner webinar by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) in Australia.

Presenters: Dr. Brenda M. Stoesz, University of Manitoba; Josh Seeland, Assiniboine Community College

Date: February 23, 2022

Time: 10 am - 11 am, CST

Location: Online via Zoom

Session 2

Prevent academic misconduct and educate for academic integrity? Three approaches that do both

Traditional approaches to preventing academic misconduct seek to catch and stop actions that are unacceptable for students in an educational context. In recent years, the discussion has shifted to educating whole communities on the positive nature of academic integrity. With learning and academic success in mind, prevention techniques are being re-packaged as educational opportunities. Join three educators as they discuss how academic misconduct prevention strategies can also be educational tools. This session will focus on the use of text-matching software, URL blocking, and assessment design to prevent academic misconduct and educate for academic integrity.

Learning Outcomes: 

Participants will be able to outline methods to prevent academic misconduct that also educate for academic integrity, specifically

  1. How text matching software can be used to promote improved writing skills
  2. How URL blocking helps educate communities
  3. How assessment design and restrictions can reduce academic misconduct

Presenters: Dr. Cheryl Kier, Athabasca University; Lisa Vogt, Red River College Polytechnic; Dr. Susan Bens, University of Saskatchewan

Date: October 12, 2021

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm, CST

Location: Online via Zoom

Session 4

But prof … I don't know what other words to use!: Challenges & questions for instructors and students

Part of a well-rounded education is the requirement for students to communicate their knowledge in writing. But what happens when students lack the foundational skills (or willingness) to write to our standards? There are several options for them, ranging from the desirable/acceptable to the outright unethical. One choice is to use 'rephrasing software' which automatically replaces words with synonyms – whether they make sense in context or not. Sometimes, students do this 'manually' using translation apps or thesauruses. Regardless, the result is a poorly-written paper that can be borderline plagiarized.‚Äč

In this session, I will briefly chronicle my response to one such situation, discuss how we can respond educationally, and pose some looming questions.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Identify various tools that can be used to rephrase text
  2. Educate students on the appropriate and inappropriate use of rephrasing technology
  3. Respond to students who have used rephrasing technology

Presenter: Dr. Claudius Soodeen, Red River College and University of Winnipeg

Date: January 12, 2022

Time: 10 am - 11 am, CST

Location: Online via Zoom

Session 6

Empowering faculty to address low-level forms of academic misconduct 

The University of Manitoba’s academic integrity pilot (conducted in the Faculty of Arts) and Assiniboine Community College’s new academic integrity policy and procedures aim to reduce the time-intensive administrative work involved in addressing low-level academic misconduct. In this presentation, you will learn how the University of Manitoba and Assiniboine Community College leveraged policy, procedures, and supports to empower faculty to address low-level forms of academic misconduct. Empowering faculty to address low-level academic misconduct helps shift from a punitive approach to academic misconduct to a more meaningful and educative approach.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Outline approaches for reducing the administrative workload of addressing academic misconduct
  2. Identify barriers that make it challenging for faculty to address low-level forms of academic misconduct
  3. Explain how the University of Manitoba and Assiniboine Community College leveraged policy, procedures, and supports to empower faculty to address low-level forms of academic misconduct

Presenters: Dr. Heidi Marx, University of Manitoba; Greg Sobie, University of Manitoba; Caitlin Munn, Assiniboine Community College

Date: March 18, 2022

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

Location: Online via Zoom