Addressing Academic Integrity & Plagiarism: 2-Part Webinar Series
Webinar 1: Recorded on March 1, 2017Webinar 2: Recorded on March 10, 2017
Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and other forms of cheating, are perennial problems that seem to be flourishing in the 21st century. We know that academic dishonesty undermines student learning and even institutional integrity, but it is also really stressful for the students, teachers, and administrators who have to confront and deal with it.
Our first task in the webinar will be to address the fact that there are widely varying ideas about what constitutes academic dishonesty among faculty and administrators. We will assess and share our definitions of academic dishonesty and consider how the differences and grey areas can be problematic. With the goal of preventing cheating from happening in the first place, we will explore two interrelated issues: why students cheat and how course design and classroom management strategies can promote or prevent cheating. Finally, we will consider strategies for detecting cheating when it happens and for talking to our students about the consequences in ways that don't compound the problem.
How To Address Plagiarism & Academic Dishonesty In Online Classes
Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are an especially serious problem for online learning. This is the case even though the common perception that cheating is much more prevalent in online classes is probably not accurate. Even at levels equal to face-to-face classes, online academic dishonesty undermines student learning, but an exaggerated fear of rampant cheating and the notion that it is especially difficult to detect and deal with academic dishonesty can undermine the institutional integrity of online learning. On a practical level we also know that dealing with academic dishonesty when it does happen causes serious problems for teachers, administrators, and students.
With the goal of preventing plagiarism and cheating from happening in the first place, we will explore a few interrelated issues. We’ll consider the motives and reasons behind academic dishonesty and then take a look at some of the tactics online students employ to cheat and plagiarize. We will also explore ways in which we can design and manage our classes with the goal of minimizing or preventing plagiarism and academic dishonesty. For instance, we will explore the pros and cons of using proctored exams as a way to prevent cheating. Next, we will consider strategies for detecting cheating when it happens, including the utilization of the so-called plagiarism detection software. Finally, we will talk about specific ideas for how to talk to our students about the consequences of plagiarism and academic dishonesty in ways that don’t compound the problem.
Both webinars will be presented by:
Eric Salahub taught his first online class in 1994 and has been actively involved in online teaching and learning ever since. At Front Range Community College since 1999, Eric teaches philosophy, has served as department chair, and was directly involved in the development of what is now one of the largest online learning programs in Colorado. Eric is currently a member of the Online Leadership Team and is working as the Online Instructional Coach; in this role, Eric works directly with more than 225 online instructors, helping them design and teach successful and sustainable online courses. Eric has attended and presented at numerous regional and national online learning conferences and he received the 2008 Jerome F. Wartgow Teaching with Technology Award from the Colorado Community College System.
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