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Promoting Academic Integrity Through An Online Module

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

New Horizons in Academic Integrity

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Engineering Ethics

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11.1047.1 - 11.1047.13



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Murali Krishnamurthi Northern Illinois University

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MURALI KRISHNAMURTHI is Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director of Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University. His teaching and research interests include information systems, project management, optimization, simulation, and engineering ethics.

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Jason Rhode Northern Illinois University

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JASON RHODE is the Online Technologies Coordinator at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University. He has a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate on Instructional Design for Online Learning. He has considerable technical experience and expertise in instructional design and online technologies.

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Academic integrity is not a new concern and faculty members address it in their courses often, but the rise in academic dishonesty cases indicates an alarming national trend. According to Lathrop and Foss2, a 1998 survey by the publisher of Who’s Who Among American High School Students indicates 83% of students polled admitted that “almost everybody does it” (“it” meaning cheating). Academic dishonesty has far reaching consequences beyond the classroom. Whitley and Keith-Spiegel3 cite a number of reasons as to why educators should be concerned about academic dishonesty. The reasons include “reputation of the institution” and “public confidence in higher education” as evidenced by numerous corporate scandals in recent years. The social consequences of academic dishonesty are far more damaging as Cizek1 points out students who cheat and plagiarize are more likely to do the same in work or in their family situations due to the “habit forming nature of cheating and plagiarism.”

Academic dishonesty is not limited just to cheating and plagiarism, but also includes falsification and fabrication of information, contributing to the violation of course policies and procedures, and sabotaging the work of others. It is not just the failing students who commit academic dishonesty. In some instances top students also cheat for a variety of reasons including pressure to keep their GPAs up, lack of time to do their school work due to work and family commitments, poor writing skills, and most importantly the attitude that they are somehow above rules and regulations because they are “good students.” In engineering disciplines, some students genuinely may not know what constitutes plagiarism and what its consequences are. Some have never had a formal exposure to the definition of plagiarism, citation styles, techniques for paraphrasing, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. International students are especially susceptible to false accusations of plagiarism as viewpoints on intellectual property can sometimes vary across cultures.

Faculty members have a difficult time educating students on academic integrity and also keeping up with academic dishonesty incidents. The use of various hand-held and online technologies has added to the difficulty of dealing with academic dishonesty. Faculty not only have to learn and keep up with the latest technology tools, but also have to be more vigilant on how students use technology tools to violate course policies.

Almost every academic institution has policies on academic dishonesty on the web, and some also have educational materials, tutorials, and online modules on academic integrity. The educational materials online on academic integrity fall under three categories: (1) policy information on academic dishonesty (numerous universities), (2) simple tutorials on academic integrity with examples and quizzes (York University, Penn State University, Indiana University, Virginia Tech, University of Southern California, Radford University) and (3) multimedia tutorials with audio, stills, and interaction (Rutgers University, University of Guelph).

Krishnamurthi, M., & Rhode, J. (2006, June), Promoting Academic Integrity Through An Online Module Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--640

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