You need more than plagiarism detection to maintain academic integrityAs an educator, you're already encouraging your students to complete honest, original work. But it's important to understand that academic integrity isn't just avoiding plagiarism. The International Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as a commitment to the following values, plus the courage to act on them: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Aligning these values with your classroom standards or school standards is a huge step toward achieving academic integrity. It's a process that requires participation from everyone, including educators, administrators, and students. This is how a culture of academic integrity develops: an alignment of community values and buy-in from all stakeholders. Research shows that an active commitment to teaching academic integrity reduces plagiarism and academic dishonesty. It’s more than just a general “don’t cheat” message. Academic integrity is something to strive for. If you invoke the five values of academic integrity and work to create a class or campus-wide honor code — that students help create — the academic dishonesty and plagiarism rates will be far lower.
Strategies to uphold academic integrity remotelyThere are several obstacles to upholding academic integrity in remote classes: the inability to see what students are doing, the difficulty in guiding them through the research process, and the lack of personal interaction that builds trust and positive class culture. However, educators have many solutions can do to overcome these hurdles:
- Teaching the key values of integrity and referring to them throughout the year, especially during/around the assessment period
- Teaching students proper citation rules
- Providing students with strategies and tools to help them avoid unintentional plagiarism
- Teaching strategies for thinking critically about the credibility of online sources
- Clearly communicating assignment expectations
- Designing formative assessments that are fair, varied, and rigorous
- Providing actionable, formative feedback throughout the assignment writing process
Read more: How to minimize cheating in online assessments
Accomplishing these things is challenging, considering how hard it can be to deliver remote assessments with integrity. Moreover, it's also difficult to keep up to date with new types of plagiarism. This is where e-learning and edtech solutions come in.
Bolstering academic integrity with e-learning solutionsThe mission of e-learning solutions is to make the teaching/learning process easier for everyone. Remote education doesn’t have to be a stumbling block as e-learning technology enhances the virtual learning experience. With the help of these tools, instructors can easily streamline the assessment-feedback cycle, share resources, provide accommodations and modifications, and deliver secure assessments. A solution available to NEO LMS users is the Turnitin Feedback Studio, which incorporates similarity checking, feedback, and grading to safeguard institutional reputation and deter plagiarism. A vast database of internet, academic, and student paper content ensures reliable results when checking student work for similarity with other academic materials. Time-saving formative feedback and grading tools help students cultivate writing excellence, build critical thinking skills for university and career readiness. Teachers can also easily check assignments to identify plagiarism. This tool helps build a culture of academic integrity in the remote classroom by educating students to submit authentic work.
NEO LMS and Turnitin Feedback Studio: the specificsEducators can simply enable Turnitin Feedback Studio in NEO and start using it. Feedback Studio has many features that work seamlessly in the LMS, so it won't feel as if you are managing two platforms at once.
- Draft Coach is a new feature that helps foster writing and research skills by giving students instant feedback to guide editing and revision in Google Docs
- QuickMarks is a drag-and-drop comment feature for fast and practical feedback
- The Feedback Studio grading rubrics help you clearly communicate expectations to students. You can post rubrics with corresponding point values and then evaluate student work using the rubrics. It makes the turnaround cycle for graded work faster and less stressful for both teachers and students
- Feedback Studio also compares the similarity of student work to a vast collection of previously published internet, academic, and student paper content