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Academic Integrity: Confessions of a Reluctant Expert

Originally delivered Apr 26, 2018
  • Type:
    Archived Webinar
  • Level:
    Intermediate
  • Duration:
    1 hour
  • PDHs:
    1.00

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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.

Presenter(s): 

Lisa Bullard

Dr. Lisa Bullard is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. After obtaining her BS in Chemical Engineering at NC State in 1986 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991, she served in engineering and management positions within Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN from 1991-2000. A faculty member at NC State since 2000, Dr. Bullard has won numerous awards for both teaching and advising.Read more

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