The Academic Integrity Office & The Commons are pleased to host:

Dr. David Rettinger

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences and Executive Director of the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service

University of Mary Washington

A Response to Changing Times: Research-Driven Approaches to Academic Integrity

Thursday, March 9th, 1-2:30 p.m., The Commons, Room 1504

As higher education has become more inclusive, international, and competitive, the threats to academic integrity are both more common and more complex.  Current research on honesty, moral reasoning, and academic integrity calls into question the moralistic perspective from which many institutions approach academic dishonesty.  In the literature on academic integrity, emphasis is placed on education, pedagogical solutions to academic dishonesty, and the crucial role of campus culture.  In this talk, I will outline the challenges to academic integrity in the modern academy, present an overview of relevant psychological and education research, and discuss research-based philosophical, policy, and practical responses.

Register for the March 9th Presentation here. Refreshments will be provided.

Academic Integrity is a Result of Excellent Pedagogy

Friday, March 10th, 11:30-1 p.m., The Commons, Room 1503

By taking into account our understanding of student learning and motivation, instructors can build classes and assignments that promote work with integrity.  Teaching that emphasizes long term retention through frequent low stakes testing and scaffolded assignments, for example, also results in greater self-efficacy and motivation to learn. Because students are less likely to cheat when they understand the purpose of an assignment and when they believe they can do the work honestly, we can leverage high quality teaching to reduce cheating.  This is especially important in light of research which indicates that severe penalties and rigid enforcement are associated with attitudes that put students at risk of increased dishonesty.  In this workshop we will discuss the principles of integrity-enhancing teaching and work on some examples.  Please bring syllabi, assignments, and tests you would like to discuss.

Register for the March 10th Workshop here. Lunch will be provided to those who register by March 1st.

On March 10th, stay for a special workshop by Jace Hargis, Ph.D.

Friday March 10th, 1:15-2:15 pm

Appropriate, Relevant, and Meaningful Ed Tech

 Learn about technology trends in higher education and low-threshold methods to enhance student engagement through appropriate, relevant, & meaningful education technology.