Helping students learn about academic integrity: A board game approach

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Room 6.30, Level 6, 111 Barry Street

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Jessica Clydesdale

fbe-wcla@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract: Recent contract cheating scandals have put the spotlight on higher education institutions and their strategies to promote and assure academic integrity in their offerings. Academics often over-estimate the cost to purchase an assessment task - often guaranteed to be “plagiarism free”. Students caught cheating - whether it be plagiarism and poor referencing, sharing assignments, screen shots of online tests or collaboratively cheating - often cite not understanding the rules as a key factor in their behaviour. So how can we help educate students about academic integrity?
In this workshop, Dr Amanda White will share her open access resource The Academic Integrity Board Game - a tool that uses social learning as a way to educate students and hopefully make them stop and think about their actions when an opportunity to cheat arises. Participants will be playing the game, and engage in activities to explore how they might use the game as a catalyst for student discussions around the University of Melbourne’s rules and requirements around academic integrity.

Biography: Amanda is a Senior Lecturer in the UTS Business School and has been teaching accounting for over 15 years, specialising in auditing and assurance. She is passionate about embedding employability skill development into the curriculum, peer based collaborative learning and academic integrity. Amanda and a small team of students have created a board game on academic integrity to encourage students to better understand what practices are and are not acceptable in the academic world. Amanda is also well known for Amanda Loves to Audit - her YouTube channel with over 250 videos on auditing, over 2.2 million views and over 22,000 subscribers. She loves to help her colleagues create and share engaging educational content on a budget.