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Teaching Academic Integrity



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Overview Between 40-70% of students have reported cheating in school. Factors include competition and pressures for good grades, instructional situations that are perceived as unfair or excessively demanding, faculty who are seen as uncaring or indifferent, peer pressure, etc. Despite these factors, there are positive steps to defeat academic dishonesty--

inform students of academic standards
explain how cheating harms students & describe campus sanctions
minimize opportunities for cheating and plagiarism
take visible action to detect dishonesty so that students know you will not tolerate cheating
Respond swiftly to any acts of cheating

Taken from Tools for Teaching, 1993, p. 299

MTSU Resources
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From Adventures in Pedagogy workshop, Sept 2008:
Nate Callender: "When It's About Skills, Not Integrity: Assessing and Remedying Skill Deficiencies Related to Common Academic Integrity Issues." Sometimes violations of academic integrity are the result of ignorance rather than of ethical or moral deficiencies. Learn how to assess what your students know about citing sources, researching ethically, then discuss a few techniques for helping students patch their knowledge gaps.

LTITC Resources

From our library--

"Preventing Academic Dishonesty," Chapter 34, p 299, Tools for Teaching, Barbara Gross Davis, Jossey Bass, 1993. NEW 2009 Edition in the library!

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Online Resources--- Tips and Strategies

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Academic Integrity Resources, IU South Bend, Teaching Center. Lists resources for faculty regarding academic integrity & Turnitin, tutorials/tests on recognizing plagiarism, and much more.

10 Ways to Minimize Dishonesty in Your Classroom

Clemson University, Center for Academic Integrity. Offers a range of resources for upholding academic integrity. Also includes a terrific page with useful links.

All about ethics, a site from University of San Diego, provides information on ethics as regards a range of topics, tools, etc.

Crash Course in Copyright, a tutorial from the University of Texas, is available for faculty to use to learn Copyright basics, especially in the distance learning context. U of Texas also collects good resources for educators.

Online Publications: Viewpoints, Articles, Books...

Fair Use Chart for Teachers (downloadable)--

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How to Detect & Demonstrate Plagiarism, AHA: article Stuard/Cronon

Using Copyrighted Materials in Your Classroom, Office of Educational Development.

Plagiarism in Science is often Ignored.
Chronicle article focuses on plagarism in science research.