Academic Integrity Week
Academic Integrity Week (September 28 - October 2, 2020) highlighted people and workshops that support students in their ethical learning journeys. This year, we offered a series of online workshops throughout the week.
Designing Academic Integrity in course assessment and delivery
Thursday, October 1 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Facilitators: Dr. I-Chant Chiang, Centre for Educational Excellence, Dr. Sheri Fabian, School of Criminology; Dr. Ismael Fazel, Faculty of Education
The landscape of academic integrity has shifted significantly in the pandemic and instructors are facing unexpected challenges in their pivot to remote instruction. In this session, we encourage a preventative approach to preventing academic dishonesty by highlighting communication with students, course and assessment design, and supporting educational technology available to instructors. Participants will leave the session with practical tips and tools that can be implemented as well as resources to support decision-making about upholding academic integrity.
Critical Reading & Thinking
Monday, September 28 - 10:30am to 11:20am
When students develop their individual capacity for critical thinking and reading, they are less likely to feel the pressure to engage in cheating or academic dishonesty. Professors and TAs often talk about the need to think critically but few actually explain what critical thinking is or how to do it. We will define critical thinking and how you can train yourself to ask meaningful and relevant questions that promote critical thinking when you're reading. This webinar may be recorded for later use.
How to Succeed in Quantitative Courses
Tuesday, September 29 - 11:30am to 12:20pm
Are university-level quantitative courses harder than you thought? Attend this workshop, developed by a college math instructor, to learn how to gain the deep understanding needed to solve even the trickiest exam problem. This webinar may be recorded for later use.
Giving Effective Online Presentations
Thursday, October 1 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Are you giving an online presentation this term? Strong presentations are made up of 3 components - content, visuals and delivery. Learn strategies to make your content stand out, your visuals resonate, and your delivery impress. This webinar may be recorded for later use.
Ethical Source Incorporation
Wednesday, September 30 - 10:30am to 11:20am
You know you are supposed to avoid plagiarism. And you also know that you need to use evidence in your paper to support your arguments. You just aren't entirely sure how to accomplish both things. This is the workshop for you!
Come learn how to ethically summarize, quote, and paraphrase from your sources. Sure, this workshop will help you to avoid plagiarism, but more importantly, it will also help you to deepen your understanding of your source materials, and demonstrate that understanding in your own writing.
Reading for Writing, Presentations, and Discussions
(recording available and live presentation on Oct 21 coming soon)
To prepare for a paper, presentation or class discussion, you need to strike a good balance between using your sources with academic integrity, and expressing your own perspective based on those sources. Reading strategies, therefore, need to be very different than when you are reading to prepare for a test. Watch this workshop to learn how to read effectively with this purpose in mind.
Successful and Ethical Online Exam Writing
(recordings coming soon)
As we adapt to the shift from in-person to online exam writing, professors are switching to unfamiliar formats in an effort to prevent cheating, so students need to learn new, ethical strategies to prepare for and write these exams from home. This workshop is organized around evidence-based research on exam preparation, as well as the results of a Summer 2020 survey sent to a sample of SFU Undergraduates. The survey asked about the most common types of online exams they were being assigned (1. forced order multiple choice and 2. Open Book) and students' most common concerns (running out of time, exam anxiety, and technical issues).