21 October, 2022
10:45 am - 5:30 pm

The Academic Integrity Network Forum 2022, proudly hosted by The University of Southern Queensland and Deakin University, will provide participants a platform for greater collaboration and learnings. The event will be fully virtual, meaning participants will be able to tune in anywhere across the world.

Register here for the Australian Academic Integrity Network Forum 2022.

There are six themes to this years Forum:

Theme 1: Assessment design to support academic integrity

Can assessment design mitigate or reduce risks to academic integrity? This theme will consider how design strategies can improve the integrity and security of assessment and showcase initiatives that impact academic integrity through assessment practice. Through a variety of transferable approaches, we can explore successes and failures in order to build a greater understanding of how to overcome the challenges in this area.

Theme 2: Building teams, systems and approaches

Maturing our institutional responses to the challenge of maintaining academic integrity includes building fit-for-purpose systems and processes, enabling shared learning and collective action, and enacting data-informed interventions across the academic integrity lifespan (from prevention to detection, investigation and sanction). This theme will reflect on initiatives designed to achieve better outcomes by connecting people, aligning processes, implementing systems, centralising functions, and translating data insights into practice.

Theme 3: Decision-making in academic integrity

Deciding whether and how to respond to breaches of academic integrity remains complex, confronting, and difficult for staff. Research suggests that responding is a time-consuming and emotionally stressful process which may lead to inconsistent decisions by staff and unfair outcomes and significant academic consequences for students. This theme will explore how policies, procedures, decision-making models such as narrative building, and other strategies can assist in fair and consistent outcomes for students.

Theme 4: Diversity, community and support

This theme will consider academic integrity initiatives and challenges in relation to student transition, belonging, wellbeing, equity, diversity and inclusion. Submissions may focus on the role of staff, peer leaders, leadership, academic and wellbeing support and other stakeholders in building students’ sense of membership in the academic community, supporting students’ transition to academic and professional expectations and requirements, and reducing or responding to misconduct, particularly in the context of widening participation and internationalisation.

Theme 5: Emerging threats from technology

Emerging technological threats to academic integrity- such as paraphrasing tools and artificial intelligence systems, or assessment outsourcing services and contract cheating companies accessing learning management systems using student credentials- raise issues regarding the use and misuse of technology in higher education. This theme will explore how academic integrity practitioners may respond to these emerging threats now and in the future.

Theme 6: Integrity in non-text-based assessment

Most work on promoting academic integrity and detecting breaches focuses on students submitting written assignments, supporting their writing with citations and bibliographies. But research shows that promoting academic integrity and detecting misconduct are more difficult in disciplines that use non-text-based assessment, such as in the creative and performing arts, design, mathematics and computer science. This theme will explore approaches to reducing the risk of academic integrity breaches and contract cheating in such disciplines.

Key note speakers include:

Sarah Eaton – Academic Integrity: Global Trends, Emerging Threats, and Updated Approaches

Join us for an evidence-informed keynote about key issues and global trends related academic integrity including updated understandings that extend beyond student conduct: the role that equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonization, and Indigenization play in academic integrity; new threats and cutting-edge topics such as the role artificial intelligence is playing in teaching, learning, and assessment; and finally, we’ll look at trends in the ways in which academic misconduct is being addressed and what the benefits and barriers are to these shifts.

Lucinda McKnight and Phill Dawson – AI and AI: a conversation about the role of content generation tools in student assessed work and beyond

We asked an artificial intelligence writing tool (jasper.ai) to write the abstract for our session and here is what it wrote:

“Academic integrity is central to the mission of any educational institution. It promotes learning, ensures the quality of degrees conferred, and protects the reputation of the institution. However, artificial intelligence (AI) content generation tools are becoming increasingly sophisticated and readily available, posing a new challenge to academic integrity.

In this session, Lucinda McKnight and Phillip Dawson will explore how AI content production tools impact on academic integrity. They will discuss the implications for assessment design and the role that AI-generated content will play in the future of work. This promises to be a fascinating and informative discussion on a topic of increasing importance.”

Posted by Riley O'Keeffe