Did you know that UAA has its own academic integrity tutorial? Created by instructional designer JoAnn Gonzales Major, the AI tutorial is based on a Duke University program, and links to UAA policies and resources in this area. Since fall 2010, many faculty have assigned this tutorial to their students to expose them to the basics of academic integrity, particularly plagiarism. It takes 30 to 40 minutes to review the material and take the 10-question quiz. Currently students receive immediate feedback so they can redo the questions they answered incorrectly until they attain 100%. The program then displays a certificate of completion bearing the student’s name.
The Ad Hoc Committee on AI is currently working to improve the tutorial in a number of ways, and hopes to complete a major update this year. Despite its shortcomings, they feel the current version is still a very worthwhile exercise for students. The AI survey undertaken at UAA during the 2010-2011 year, showed there is considerable disagreement among faculty and students as to what constitutes plagiarism, and how seriously various behaviors are addressed (view the Final Report). This tutorial is perhaps our best tool right now in bringing these two groups together, and fostering useful dialogue.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity Final Report for 2011-2012 was submitted to Faculty Senate in early May. The document includes 14 recommendations for a wide range of inititatives in teaching, learning, administration and statewide policy. The recommendations are based on best practices across the U.S. but focus on specific UAA problems revealed by the International Center for Academic Integrity’s assessment tool that was administered to faculty and students the previous year.
The 20-page report also includes working documents on proposed changes to the Board of Regents policies, proposed sanctioning guidelines, the position description for an academic integrity coordinator, a student code of conduct report form, and the summary report of the assessment.
At the May 5 Faculty Senate Meeting, Senate members voted to reinstate the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity for 2012-2013. Members are: Paulo Banchero (Journalism), Sally Bremner (Library), David Bowie (English), Dayna DeFeo (LRC Coordinator), Dawn Dooley (Assoc. Dean of Students), Steffen Peuker (Engineering), Jennifer Stone, Committee Chair (English), and Michael Votava (Assist. Director of Student Conduct). Beth Barnett (Dental) and Claudia Lampman (Psychology) will join us again in the Spring. We hope to recruit members from Business, Nursing, International Student Services, and USUAA to round out the group. Meetings are generally held every 2nd Monday at 8:30 am in LIB205. Please contact one of our members if you are interested.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity has been reviewing the survey results and looking at best practices elsewhere, to devise recommendations to improve the climate of academic integrity at UAA. Focus groups of students, faculty and administrators will be convened on Wednesday, March 28th, to help us evaluate these for use on our campus, before taking them to the Faculty Senate. Recruitment for the groups is underway, and those confirmed will receive our Revised Summary Report ahead of time as background for the discussions. This document also contains the schedule for the focus groups, and proposed revisions to the Board of Regents policy.
The student group convenes at 4 pm; faculty at 5:30 pm and administrators at 7 pm this Wednesday, all groups meeting in ADM102. If you have any questions, or concerns, or are keen to join one of the groups, please e-mail Sally Bremner as soon as possible.
The academic honesty (AI) environment at UAA was assessed during Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 based on guidelines from the International Center for Academic Integrity, and facilitated by the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity. Preliminary data were presented at the Faculty Retreat on August 24th, 2011. Well-known AI reseacher, Professor Don McCabe gave a presentation entitled Academic Integrity in the U.S., and Dr. Claudia Lampman presented an overview of UAA’s AI assessment results. You can View Summary Report 2011-08-22.
Phase II: Focus groups of administrators, faculty and students will convene in September, and a final report and recommendations is anticipated in January 2012. Please e-mail us if you’d like to join a focus group.
Our web-based Academic Integrity Tutorial can help students learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it. They will take the quiz until they get 100%, and receive a certificate of completion. See Faculty Resources tab for more information about the UAA tutorial and how to embed it in Blackboard courses. We have also created an APU edition of the AI Tutorial.
In recognition that the issue of plagiarism is serious and complex, this website is designed to provide resources to students and faculty and to encourage dialogue about the responsible and respectful use of source materials in academic writing.
The content has been compiled by Jackie Cason, Clare Chesher, and Sally Bremner, Library Advisory Committee, and Page Brannon, Library Instruction and Reference Services. We welcome your comments at email@example.com.