Proposal Title

3 - Academic Integrity, Then and Now

Presentation Type

Speed Presentation

Location

OM 3772

Start Date

18-2-2020 2:55 PM

End Date

18-2-2020 3:35 PM

Proposal Abstract

Contract cheating and other academic integrity violations are currently a hot topic, at TRU and other universities around the world. While cheating on exams or paying a smart friend to write your paper are not new behaviours, the ease with which this can now be done and the explosion of online commercial essay-writing services has made it next to impossible for students to avoid receiving the offers—and the temptation—to make poor and dishonest choices. In this presentation, members of the Academic Integrity Committee will share statistics showing the current growth in integrity cases at TRU, and some of the trends we’re seeing. We will show what academic dishonesty looked like in the past, and then compare that with at the options that are now available. This will include a variety of technologies used to cheat during exams, as well as a look at some of the many paper-writing and assignment uploading websites that are marketing themselves aggressively through social media. It is our hope that by increasing awareness of these types of tools, faculty will be better able to both identify and report contract cheating when it occurs, and have open conversations in the classroom to direct students away from these predatory sites, and towards more appropriate sources of academic support.

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Reflects "current trends" and "throwback Thursday"

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Feb 18th, 2:55 PM Feb 18th, 3:35 PM

3 - Academic Integrity, Then and Now

OM 3772

Contract cheating and other academic integrity violations are currently a hot topic, at TRU and other universities around the world. While cheating on exams or paying a smart friend to write your paper are not new behaviours, the ease with which this can now be done and the explosion of online commercial essay-writing services has made it next to impossible for students to avoid receiving the offers—and the temptation—to make poor and dishonest choices. In this presentation, members of the Academic Integrity Committee will share statistics showing the current growth in integrity cases at TRU, and some of the trends we’re seeing. We will show what academic dishonesty looked like in the past, and then compare that with at the options that are now available. This will include a variety of technologies used to cheat during exams, as well as a look at some of the many paper-writing and assignment uploading websites that are marketing themselves aggressively through social media. It is our hope that by increasing awareness of these types of tools, faculty will be better able to both identify and report contract cheating when it occurs, and have open conversations in the classroom to direct students away from these predatory sites, and towards more appropriate sources of academic support.