Solving the Academic Integrity Problem in Higher Ed

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Eric Gibbs, President at Ouriginal, joined the podcast to talk about how higher ed can navigate the academic integrity issues that have always been with us but which have found new form during last year’s massive migration to online education.

So percentage of totals who admit,written or test cheating, sixty eight percent, so I'd stop there and just say.Although cheating is common in education, it's changed over the yearsin both character and body. You're, listening to enrolment growth,university from helic education, the best professional development podcastfor higher education leaders looking to grow in Romant at their college oruniversity, whether you're looking for fresh and romant growth techniques andstrategies or tools and resources. You've come to the right place. Let'sget into the show, welcome back to enrolment growthuniversity, a proud member of the connect Edu podcast network, I'm EricOlson with helic education and we're here today with Eric Gibbs President atoriginal Eric Welcome to this show. Thank you very much eric so excited totalk to today about how high red can help navigate some new academicintegrity issues. Before we dig into...

...that, can you give listeners a littlebit of background on original? Absolutely so. Originals is set ofonline academic integrity tools and services that are utilized by SecondaryPost secondary in corporations to assist an insuring originality andauthenticity of war of Britain work. The company was launched in Septemberand thousand and twenty when two European Tech. Similarly, detectionleaders Irkin from Sweden plag scan from Germany, combined with over threedecades of knowledge and expertise to launch the original brand andorganization. It's an interesting launch timeline, given what we've seenhappen is highroad to navigate new issues over the last year to kick usoff Thar, perhaps you can give us that overview on the current academicintegrity problem in higher ad, and if this year's large push to onlineeducation has helped either accelerate or exacerbate it, yeah absolutely or so.I think what I'll do is you know kind...

...of set the base line for probably thewell most well known, study, referring to academic integrity and highereducation, and that was compiled based upon students, surveys that wereconducted between you know fall of two thousand and two in spring of twothousand and fifteen by the late, Dr Don McCabe and the International Centerfor Academic Integrity. So the number of university students who admitted tocheating in some in some form, which I feel somewhat concerning so you knowthe number of respondents, not not a small sample size, so we'll look atundergraduate, is roughly about seventy one thousand students, the percent ofwho admitted cheating on test roughly about forty percent o thirty ninepercent number of percentages who admitted cheating on writtenassignments. So this is where an original would actually be able to kindof deter students in actually an either plagiarizing or cheating. Sixty two percent and then kind of theaggregate, so percentage of totals who...

...admit, written or test cheating, sixtyeight percent. So I'd stop there and just say. Although cheating is commonin education, it's changed over the years in both character and body, thecharacter cheating refers, not only the appearance and form of cheating, butalso to the perceptions of cheating. So if you look at you know, you ask thequestion to coming out of the pandemic yeah. What is it exacerbated if anindividual was to review a summary of last might marches international centerof Academic Integrities, Anal Conference sessions or skin theheadlines from any ED tech publications? You could potentially conclude thecheating cases and trends are tipping the skate scales towards identifyingnew ways to cheat during the remote online learning, but I would argue thatyou know it's basically, just a magnifying glass, that's simply beenlowered to expose an issue. That's already been going on for years. It'sjust more at scale today, yeah, that's...

...a great summary. The issue has alwaysbeen with us, be scale the modalities open up new challenges. We havenavigate Eric. I think both of us lean on the tech optimistic side of things,but can technology alone solve for these academic integrity issues that wesee yeah that that's a great questionaire. I think you knowtechnology such a great efficiency tool, but it's not going to it's not going tobe the single silver bullet. It's not going to solve the issues so a toollike original when you think about a plagiarism prevention tool, and I callit a plagiarism prevention tool because there's no such thing as a plagiarismdetection tool, it's such a misnomer in the market, so technology can assist.But at the end of the day, plagiarism prevention tools are part of theoverall process. It serves its purpose as a deterrence measure, so thatdeterrence is a piece of the puzzle that interconnects with supportservices potentially for the learner on...

...campus good course, design, I'm a bigproponent of compassion and to be able to set expectations of what isacceptable and not acceptable within the class. So it's really just complexapproach and just how we can provide you know an original authorshipauthenticity tools to provide insights as to a a student road, a paper basedupon you know: Either Ai Personality, trades or stilobate in the writingstyles from prior submissions, but at the end of the day, that's not going tosolve the issue in an institutional academics, integrity initiative. Soit's a multi faceted approach. Really you know to for such a complex problemor issue yeah. I love that. So if the prevention issue is multi faceted andwe have to think about expectations, we have to think about student support. Wethink about tools and technology that we can utilize and we need to addressour pedagogy as well. How should we think about integrating or adjustingour course design within the realities...

...of what you refer to as our new digitalsharing economy? Yeah, that that's something you know. Certainly I hadmentioned good course design authentic, authentic assessments. You know, Ithink, for us. What is the biggest issue today to that cause es concern.For me, I've been talking about the digital sharing economy for a while now,but these academic file sharing sites pose a real threat or a risk toacademic integrity. There's no easy solution to file sharing sites, butit's imperative for at least the educational community and parents aswell to know that these sites exist. I think we find ourselves in a kind ofWakao type of scenario when you one gets exposed or a season desist order is executed.Another pops up- and you know it's just an exponential pace that that'sunsustainable, so universities and school administrators first andforemost need to be familiar with this,...

...and I don't think that were yet at apace. We were individuals, understand the magnitude of content and, when Isay content that authentic assessment that have taken hours for theinstructor or professor that's created. That now is a part of this machine formon this digital sharing economy that students have submitted and is outthere now in circulation, which could be a quiz, a lab manual and essay exam.You know, I think we would all agree that that student collaboration shouldbe encouraged within an educational setting, but where it crosses the lineas when those artifacts are shared by students when in fact those artifacts,I call em are owned by the instructor of Potentially University with thosecommercial providers. So you know the companies then provide credits to thestudents and promotes the fuel for a exponential growth. So you know oncethis type of of behavior becomes the...

...norm, the learning process andinstructors hard work becomes diminished and kind of. That's wherethe learning process goes out, so you know, even though we have the authenticlearning design, it really needs to be put into perspective from theinstitution's perspective, to be able then, to implement and have that havethat good course designed for the instructor yeah that reminded me of in the age of Naper, when Metallicadecides, let's sue every individual, that we find downloading our songs andlooking back, that seems foolish or at least non scalable. But how should wenavigate those issues? Should we ignore the problem where the sand should wechange? How we evaluate? Should we eliminate testing altogether? Wouldthat be a better solve here, if you're, on the administrative side on on HigherEd? How do you think about those next step? Challenges? Yeah, I think it is,is a it's a collaboration. It's first having the conversation of what it iswithin this digital sharing economy.

Again, it's not normalizing the theissue or the process. You know we don't want to. As I said, we don't want tonormalize the behaviors that are currently trending. You know, I thinkthe study smarter quicker faster. That's not the direction that highereducation was built upon. We want to move away from that model, the rewardsattainment of degrees and and one that identifies or approves or certifiedskills. You know that certainly is desirable from from the workforce, andso that's where we should be moving on so it's you know the question as itpertains to integrity. I think that's the conversation and so that integrityof the degree, certificate or skills could be related back to the services.That's provided by an original. It's fundamental that the learners, whetherthey're submitting a high stakes, assessment group, research,presentation or a research blog post, it be authentic and it be original, andyou know I think, the original the...

...naming convention. That's part of thatconversation, but it's up to that institution to ensure that the deliveryand the honesty and hath ethically be attained. I would also say that youknow a urgency to solve. This issue stems from employers stating that theinstitutions are granting degrees to students that they do not have thosebasic skills that are needed to function in the business marketing oryou know, maybe we say the non specialized jobs. So you know maybe I'mgetting out of my lane here. But now is this simply a legacy or qualitativecomment from a survey or do we need to move to more of a skill space modelthat matches those needs of the employers with the outcome, skillsattained by the institutions of higher learning, and maybe with that said,maybe I'll leave that for the next brandon a bus, teeter Wallebocht yeah,you, I think, you're not over sitting it there, the integrity of our degrees-all right take here, so perhaps leave...

...us with this, because if I'm anadminister listening to this, there are so many rabbit holes that I want tochase you down. Some of those stats that you mentioned make me just socurious about the student motivations, but you know what is the the fear intheir heads that that is deciding that they need to do this. What is theexpectations that we're setting that can curtail that? What can we do tomake the motivation or the temptation less if you're, an administrator andyou're having in all campus meeting with your technology heads any next EPSadvice for how to start thinking through what should our academicintegrity plans be? Moving forward, giving this new reality were in yeah,it's a perfect time to re, evaluate or the conversation we're having withinstitutions as modernize, your academic integrity process. You know, Ithink it really starts with building a culture of academic integrity, and Iand I would recommend to your listeners to utilize great resources that theInternational Center for Academic...

Integrity- you know academic integrity,dodor or even European listeners. You know European Network for academicintegrity and that's academic integrity, dot. EU. You know I would say that whenyou see these types of cases, so if there's an academic case, increasingfour hundred per cent or a large scale, cheating case, we shouldn't close thatdown. We and think about. You know that this is the resistance or a deflection.It's a conversation so research and experience, which suggests that youknow certainly the most successful and academic integrity on campus changed,begins kind of at that grass roots level. So, instead of pushing this downfrom the top down, I'm hopeful that kind of faculty and students will actas champions to do the right thing and kind of ensure the moral compass pointsback in the direction of integrity so utilize those resources, certainlyoriginal- Is there to have that conversation. We're not here just topromote the deterrence software. It is...

...a conversation that we're looking tohave with institutions. There are a lot of great institutions out there doinggreat job, incorporating the student voice and again, if you're,incorporating the student voice and taking that perspective first andforemost, you really can't have something: that's fail proof, becauseit's it's, they are the ones. That's at the heart of this, the research or thefaculty member. That's publishing their their dissertation or their research.These are the individuals that should be at the heart of that conversation.Eric thanks so much for your time today. What's the best place for listeners toconnect with you if they have any follow up questions absolutely you canalways reach this at original com. That's o! U R! I G, I N A L com, orcertainly on linked in I'd, be more than happy to connect. Certainly,personally, it's Eric do gibbs, that's er, I c Dot Gibbs at original as well.I would encourage and welcome the...

...feedback as well as just any engagingin any comments as well. I'd be happy to provide you with individuals thatcan assist you with your academic integrity policies and procedures. Ifyou are looking to modernize them because it is an ever changing worldout there, especially with this digital sharing economy, awesome great insiestay here, thanks so much for joining us today. Thank you very much Eric andagain thank you for your listeners for giving us the time attracting today'snew post, traditional learners means adopting new enrollment strategies.helic educations data driven enterprise, wide approach to enrollment growth isuniquely helping colleges and universities thrive in this neweducation, landscape and Helix has just published the second edition of theirenrollment growth play book with fifty percent brand new content on howinstitutions can solve today's most pressing enrolment growth challengesdownload it today for free at he locks...

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