Academic integrity: achieving good practice in undergraduate property and planning programs through online tutoring

Warren, Clive M. J., Peterson, Ann and Neil, David (2012). Academic integrity: achieving good practice in undergraduate property and planning programs through online tutoring. In: , Proceedings of the PRRES Conference 2012. 18th Annual Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (). 15-18 January 2012.

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Author Warren, Clive M. J.
Peterson, Ann
Neil, David
Title of paper Academic integrity: achieving good practice in undergraduate property and planning programs through online tutoring
Conference name 18th Annual Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference
Conference location Adelaide, SA, Australia
Conference dates 15-18 January 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the PRRES Conference 2012
Place of Publication Adelaide, SA, Australia
Publisher PRRES
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 7
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary Educational institutions globally are grappling with the rising incidence of academic misconduct, in part fuelled by the ever increasing access to online information. Recent audits of universities in Australia (AUQA 2009) indicated that students believed that their institutions did not have the necessary strategies in place to dispel students’ perceptions that plagiarism may be tolerated. This paper reports on the development of teaching tools within Property, Planning and Environmental Management programmes at the University of Queensland. The objective of an online tutorial tool was to improve students’ understanding of academic integrity and good academic practice and to do so in a supportive teaching and learning environment, through the development of an online interactive tutorial. The aims of the tutorial were to: develop learners’ skills in knowing when to reference information and thus avoid plagiarising in their academic work; provide accurate information in an interesting, relevant and interactive way; ensure relevance to the institution’s diverse student body; incorporate the ability to assess students’ understanding of good academic practice; and ensure that the tool would be accessible as a learning resource for students throughout their programs of study.

Through pre and post implementation surveys the changes in student perceptions of good practice are identified and used to refine the tutorial tool. The results of the study among students seeking to enter the planning and property professions has demonstrated a lack of clear understanding as to what constitutes poor academic practice. This finding matches the observation among academics that much of the plagiarism detected in students’ academic writing is as a result of poor understanding or practice rather than a deliberate attempt to deceive. Finally the paper reports on the adoption of the teaching tool on a university wide basis and its compulsory application to over 20,000 students.
Keyword Academic integrity
Plagiarism
On-line education
Australia
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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