Virtual event explores academic honesty in remote learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged how post-secondary institutions adhere to the highest standards of excellence to uphold honesty and integrity, after drastic changes to educational institutions have led to new a standard of delivery of education. Navigating online assessments, lecture delivery and examinations is an area where issues of academic honesty and contract cheating have moved to the forefront. Faculty, staff and students are all being challenged in this new climate.

Navigating online assessments, lecture delivery and examinations is an area where issues of academic honesty and contract cheating have moved to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic

A one-day virtual event titled “Being Online and Being Honest: Navigating Academic Honesty in our Current Climate” will take place Nov. 20 to address these issues. It is organized by the Lassonde School of Engineering Dean’s Office and Committee on Evaluations and Academic Standards along with the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Dean’s Office and Committee on Teaching, Learning, and Student Success. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., includes two panel sessions, two keynote speakers and two presentations. Topics include contract cheating, course design, equity in academic honesty and more.

The keynote speakers will be  Julia Christensen Hughes, founding dean, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at University of Guelph and  Ceceilia Parnther, assistant professor higher education in the Department of Administrative Instructional Leadership in the School of Education, St. John’s University, New York. Topics to be covered are, respectively, ‘Academic Integrity in Disrupted Times’ and ‘Embedding equity in academic integrity design and implementation.’

The day has been coordinated by Lassonde’s Haneen Azzam, manager, academic honesty, along with Garret Keown, manager, academic honesty and Sarah Burley Hollows, manager, student academic affairs, achievement and awards from LA&PS.

For more information about the schedule and registration, email lapshonesty@yorku.ca.

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