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Issue #4 - Academic Integrity

March 27, 2018

Why Students Cheat and What We Can Do About It

By James Lang

Source: https://www.magnapubs.com/magna-commons/?video=3078


The theme of this week's bulletin is academic integrity.


This 60-minute seminar consists of a 39-minute teaching session, with the remainder of the session devoted to questions and answers. After presenting data on the extent and nature of cheating, the question is posed:


"People can be pushed towards dishonest behaviour ... are there features of the environment that can encourage people to do honest work?"


The proposed thesis is: “The amount of cheating in which students are willing to engage depends (in part) on the structure of the learning environment.”


From an examination of learning environments that induce cheating, Lang has proposed techniques to reduce cheating:


  1. Fostering intrinsic motivation
  2. Creating mastery-oriented classes
  3. Using frequent, low-stakes assessments
  4. Building student self-efficacy
  5. Contributing to an institutional environment of Academic Integrity


The seminar focuses on the first three techniques, with evidence from the literature and practical examples. These techniques are drawn from Lang’s book

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), which is available as an online book from the CSU library.


Principles informing the presentation:

  • Reconceptualise academic dishonesty as a teaching and learning problem
  • Construct an assessment system designed to promote mastery learning and reduce cheating
  • Reframe or redesign subjects to foster intrinsic motivation and reduce the incentive to cheat
  • Incorporate frequent, low-stakes assessments that will create deeper learning and increase student self-efficacy, thereby reducing the incentive to cheat


How to subscribe and login. The link below the seminar heading will go straight to the presentation if you are logged in to Magna Commons. Otherwise, clicking will take you to the login page and then to “Results” page. Search for “Academic Integrity”. Staff with a CSU email address can obtain the Magna Commons CSU subscription code from Ellen McIntyre elmcintyre@csu.edu.au


Presentation handouts, full transcripts and supplementary resources are available for download if you don't have time to listen to the seminar.

CSU resources to promote Academic Integrity include:

Academic Integrity at CSU (Staff Only), an Interact2 self-enrol site to give staff a view of the module completed by students. You will need to use your CSU login and then enrol in the site to gain access.

and Division of Learning and Teaching resources:

Designing for academic integrity

Further reading on academic integrity

Invitation to Contract Cheating Workshops

CSU colleagues who are interested in assessment design and academic integrity are invited to an interactive workshop on contract cheating and assessment design, to be held at Victoria University on 18 April and UNSW on 9 May.


Further information can be obtained by downloading the flyers at the bottom of this bulletin, OR

through the Contract Cheating and Assessment website at https://cheatingandassessment.edu.au/events/

Advance Notification

Transforming Assessment Webinar (An ASCILITE SIG), Next session:


Shades of meaning: nuance in written and audio feedback 4 Apr 2018.


Presenters: Elena (Ellie) Woodacre and Sandy Stockwell (University of Winchester, UK)

This session will explore findings from research into the intriguing differences between student and tutor perceptions of feedback comments, particularly tutor intention as opposed to student interpretation. We will highlight responses from student interviews and provide 'takeaway' suggestions on how we might enhance best practice on giving feedback to students.


Further information and registration (free): http://ta.vu/4apr2018

Magna Commons

In this week’s bulletin we are continuing to draw from our new

CSU subscription to the Magna Commons series of online seminars.


A Magna Commons search for the keywords 'academic integrity' produced a short list of seminars related to this them, including this week's feature. Other titles:


  • Tools and Techniques for Promoting Academic Integrity (60 minutes)
  • Assessment Strategies for Flipped Learning Experiences (60 minutes)


Presentation handouts, full transcripts and supplementary resources are available for download if you don't have time to listen to the seminar.


Staff with a CSU email address can obtain the Magna Commons CSU subscription code from Ellen McIntyre elmcintyre@csu.edu.au

Links to previous bulletins

Issue#1 Group Work: Seven Strategies to Enhance Learning through Group Work

Issue#2 Engagement: 10 Ways to Engage Your Students on the First Day of Class
Issue#3 Engagement: Motivate, Engage, and Inspire: Tips for Teaching Modern Learners

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