If unis stick with online assessment after COVID, they’ll have do more to stop cheating

  • Meena Jha (Speaker)
  • Sander J. J. Leemans (Speaker)
  • Simon Unshod (Speaker)
  • Regina Berretta (Speaker)
  • Bilgin, A. (Speaker)
  • Lakmali Jayarathna (Speaker)
  • Trina Myers (Speaker)
  • Judy Sheard (Speaker)

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While face-to-face classes are back after the COVID disruptions of the past two years, our research suggests at least some Australian universities intend to continue with fully online assessment. Students say they think cheating is easier online. There is some evidence it increased with the shift online. The pandemic forced universities to hurriedly rethink many practices, including assessment. One major challenge was how to supervise assessment tasks such as exams when these moved online. Our universities are required to establish policies and practices to protect academic integrity. These policies should provide for education and training on good practice and for actions to reduce the risks of cheating and other misconduct. Universities Australia has outlined principles of best practice. Our research project explored changes to assessment practices as a result of COVID. We wanted to see how effective these might be in preventing academic misconduct. We examined academic integrity policies and procedures at 41 Australian universities that offer computing courses, interviewed leading computing educators at these universities and surveyed computing academics. We found little evidence that academic integrity policies and procedures explicitly address the circumstances brought on by COVID.
Period21 Oct 2022
Event titleAustralian Academic Integrity Network Forum 2022
Event typeConference
LocationOnline, AustraliaShow on map