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I suppose you won’t be surprised if I say that students sometimes ignore ethical policies (in other words, academic integrity). But what is academic integrity? The majority of schools and universities have established a set of rules and standards for their students’ academic work, and thus expect them to obey these rules. It means that students have to acknowledge all sources of information they use, be honest on exams, write original academic works, and work individually on their projects (unless, of course, it is a group project, in which case all participants should be mentioned).
At first glance, these rules seem to be understandable and easy to follow. Nevertheless, cheating is still a reality in the classroom, whether during a test or while writing a paper at home. It usually boils down to this: Either students just don’t know the rules, or they don’t care about them.
Teachers have always tried to figure out how to make students pay attention to the academic honor code. They have tested different methods and new approaches to the subject, told their students what consequences they will face if they aren’t academically honest, and have explained how to properly cite reference sources. Still, some students manage to violate the honor code in one way or another, and there’s a range of registered cases of academic cheating, plagiarism, and other types of academic dishonesty every year.
Personally, I’ve found that a good way to promote academic integrity among students is to connect them with resources to help them recognize potential plagiarism in their work and create proper citations of their sources. Below, I share my favorite tools and the ways they can improve students' work.
I’m sure you will enjoy these tools the way I do if you give them a try. I'd also love to learn more about how your methods and experiences of protecting academic integrity. Leave them in the comments below!
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