Ensuring Academic Integrity Online

Last revised: 03/19/2019 by cah

Overview

Faculty can use the strategies, tools, techniques and technologies available to them to help ensure academic integrity in online courses.


Strategies to promote academic integrity include both prevention and compliance methods.

Prevention:
  • Use multiple assessment techniques versus high stakes exams.
  • Increase reliance on staggered written assignments (students submit various parts of written assignments in stages such as outline, draft, peer review, and final draft) and threaded discussions.
  • Use test banks and timed test delivery.
  • Raise awareness among students about what constitutes inappropriate behavior in an online course.
Compliance:
  • Use plagiarism detection software and browser lockdowns.
  • Proctor exams.
  • Authenticate students.

Ensuring students are authenticated in online courses is the responsibility of faculty. Refer to Guidelines for the Authentication of Students in Online Courses for more information.

Tools available to faculty for use with HuskyCT/Blackboard to promote academic integrity include:

  • SafeAssign – Can be used when submitting written assignments to check for plagiarism. The text in a student’s submitted paper is compared against sources on the internet and in various databases. The instructor receives a report indicating the percentage of matching text with sources identified.
  • LockDown Browser – Can be used during exams administered through HuskyCT. When employed, students are unable to copy, print, access other applications, or visit other websites during an exam.
  • Respondus Monitor – Can be used in conjunction with LockDown Browser. Students are not monitored by a live proctor, but the student’s webcam will record the entire exam period for review, as needed. Students can be required to show their desk area and identification.
  • ProctorU – Can be used during exams administered through HuskyCT. This solution offers live remote proctoring and student identity verification.
  • Test Options – Setting various test options can help reduce incidences of cheating. For example, time limits, randomized order, question pools, and restricted access to results.

For help with any HuskyCT tools and options, contact Educational Technologies to set up an appointment at edtech@uconn.edu, 486-5052 or stop by Rowe CUE 422.

For assistance with course design to promote academic integrity, contact eCampus to set up an appointment at ecampus@uconn.edu or call 486-1080.

In cases of suspected academic integrity violations, refer to the following resources:

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