Academic integrity: achieving best practice in built environment degree programs

Warren, Clive M. J., Peterson, Ann and Neil, David (2012). Academic integrity: achieving best practice in built environment degree programs. In: RICS COBRA 2012 Proceedings. RICS COBRA 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada United States, (654-661). 11-13 September 2012.

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Author Warren, Clive M. J.
Peterson, Ann
Neil, David
Title of paper Academic integrity: achieving best practice in built environment degree programs
Conference name RICS COBRA 2012
Conference location Las Vegas, Nevada United States
Conference dates 11-13 September 2012
Proceedings title RICS COBRA 2012 Proceedings
Place of Publication London
Publisher RICS
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781842196199
Start page 654
End page 661
Total pages 8
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 Built Environment degree 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 were identified and used to refine the tutorial tool. 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
Online Education
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes COBRA is an ERA A rated international conference

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