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Challenges of Maintaining Academic Integrity in an Age of Collaboration, Sharing and Social Networking

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Title:Challenges of Maintaining Academic Integrity in an Age of Collaboration, Sharing and Social Networking
Authors:Dyer, Kirsti
Author Affiliation:Kirsti A. Dyer - Madonna University and Columbia College
Date Issued:2010
Abstract:The challenges facing faculty and academic institutions today in maintaining academic integrity come from several different areas. One is the increased availability of technology and connectivity. Another comes from the characteristics and viewpoints of today’s college students and third is the environment where the students live—namely a society where cheating seems commonplace. The current generation of college students, often referred to as the Millennials, have grown up with the Internet during an age of technology where collaborating, sharing and social networking are part of everyday life. Sadly, the increased technology use by students has also resulted in increased misuse of technology in the classroom and encouraged unauthorized or unpermitted collaborations. Among educators, librarians, directors and administrators there is a growing opinion that the current generation of college students may not know how to write properly. Students also may not understand the importance of academic integrity which leads to unintentional violations of academic policies. Continuing to maintain academic integrity in the classrooms and the institutions can be accomplished by promoting academic integrity, educating students and including new technologies and new styles of teaching. This paper will also explore several of the recommended strategies being utilized to promote academic integrity.
Pages/Duration:28 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: TCC 2010 Proceedings

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