Refresh, Review, Revisit Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is about building good academic practice, and this takes repetition. Regularly revisiting academic integrity expectations and best practice helps to reinforce the importance of integrity and keep it relevant for students.
Here are three ideas for academic integrity refreshers this semester:
1. Share support resources
Remind students about the free academic support available from the University, including the Maths Learning Centre, Writing Centre, PASS, Studiosity, referencing guides and Turnitin Originality Check and guide.
Spend some time talking about how these services and tools work, and why they’re better than searching for ‘homework help’ online. And make sure you refresh the links in your MyUni course to keep things current.
2. Review through meaningful discussion
Why do we reference? Where is the line between collaboration and conclusion? Is it ok to work together on the outline of an essay? Why do we need to write formulas or code from scratch rather than googling? Why do we have to write things in our own words?
Engaging students in discussions about academic integrity in practice helps to shed some light on any perceived grey areas and get to the bottom of tricky questions. These discussions also remind students that academic integrity isn’t just a set of rules, but rather a way of showing their understanding and learning.
3. Revisit expectations
Academic integrity bears repeating! Point to the Academic Integrity Statement (available via the Assignment Help tab) or referencing guides in your assessment guidelines. Send out a reminder via MyUni announcements. Invite one of our newly recruited Academic Integrity Ambassadors for a chat at the start of one of your lectures.
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Academic Integrity Module
Every commencing student (including Degree Transfer, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework) must complete an introductory Academic Integrity module, which will be made available in selected MyUni courses this semester. The module takes around 30 minutes, and students must score 100% on the short quiz to complete the module. The deadline to complete the module is Friday of Week 4.
Course coordinators are encouraged to make time to discuss the module and to scaffold it where possible with additional resources and discussion which are specific to the course. You can find out more about the module and view the content here.
If you are teaching students at a higher level, you may wish to direct them to our other voluntary self-enrolment modules to help them to upskill on academic integrity concepts.