Academic Integrity: Urgent and Emerging Topics

This series will deal with timely and emergent topics that are cutting edge, provocative or high profile in nature. The idea is to line up one University of Calgary expert with one external (preferably international) expert to talk offer insights into new areas that educators, policy makers and higher education professionals will want to pay attention to in the coming months and years.

Winter 2021


None of the Above: Integrity Concerns of Standardized English Proficiency Tests

This session will bring to fore (OR highlight) the oft-neglected discord between equity and integrity in high-stakes standardized language tests. The equity issues surrounding these so-called standardized language tests can potentially precipitate and predispose academic dishonesty. This presentation will discuss the ramifications of inherent inequities in high stakes language proficiency tests for academic integrity, and will call for a more critical consideration of commercialized high stakes language tests. Redressing equity issues in language assessment can serve to promote academic integrity and reduce academic dishonesty. 

Learning outcomes

  • Learn more about challenges to equity in high stakes language testing.
  • Recognize discords between equity and integrity in commercial standardized language tests (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, etc.)
  • Review principles and best practices for equitable language assessment

Facilitators: Drs. Soroush Sabbaghan, PhD and Ismaeil Fazel, PhD
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

Please note: This workshop will be recorded, registration will close on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to you the morning of the workshop.

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Connecting Academic Integrity and Quality Assurance

In this session, we will discuss several quality assurance tools used in Canadian universities and colleges and explore opportunities to leverage them to support academic integrity. Opportunities within cyclical program review, curriculum mapping and educational development, among others, are discussed to highlight opportunities for academic integrity specialists, quality assurance staff, faculty and policy makers to raise academic integrity awareness and weave best practices across an institution. 

Learning outcomes

  • Explain how academic integrity and quality assurance are complementary 
  • Describe how academic integrity is built into the Canadian Degree Qualifications Framework
  • Provide examples of how to leverage the connection between academic integrity and quality assurance at your educational institution

Facilitators: Amanda McKenzie and Emma J. Thacker
Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

Please note: This workshop will be recorded, registration will close on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to you the morning of the workshop.

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Exploring the Impacts of Text Generating Technologies on Academic Integrity

Natural language processing (NLP) has advanced rapidly in recent years, to the point where algorithms can now generate focused texts that are increasingly indistinguishable from human writing. OpenAI’s Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (GPT-3) has been at the forefront of these developments, with major implications for language-based assessment from K to postgraduate levels. With this technology becoming publically available in January 2021, educators will have to readily confront some difficult realities regarding the assessment and evaluation of critical writing and the nature of both plagiarism and authourship. Beyond GPT-3, there are other text and research generating technologies on the horizon which embolden the impetus for educators and researchers to reconsider the definition of academic integrity.

In this webinar, attendees will explore a short history of text generators, examples of GPT-3 generated texts, and possible ideas and approaches to addressing these technologies practice.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the current state of algorithmic writing
  • Interpret the impact that text generating technology will have on academic integrity
  • Generate ideas and approaches to addressing the problematic impacts through curriculum design

Facilitators: Ryan Morrison and Dr. Michael Mindzak, PhD
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

Please note: This workshop will be recorded, registration will close on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to you the morning of the workshop.

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Fall 2020


Sharing is Caring? Exploring Academic Integrity and File-Sharing Behaviours

Join Dr. Brenda Stoesz (University of Manitoba) and Josh Seeland (Assiniboine Community College) for an interactive session on academic file-sharing among students. Learn what some of the issues are, and how to address them from an academic integrity perspective.

This online event is part of the Academic Integrity Webinar Series, offered through the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. The series is convened by Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton, Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what academic file-sharing is and how it works.
  • Understand how predatory commercial file sharing sites can exploit or deceive students.
  • Discuss how educators can work with students to understand what ethical sharing means.

Facilitator: Dr. Brenda Stoesz, PhD, and Josh Seeland 
Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Locations: Online via Zoom

Please note: This workshop will be recorded, registration will close on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to you the morning of the workshop.

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Degrees of Deceit: Understanding the Landscape of Counterfeit Credentials and University Admissions Fraud

Join Jamie Carmichael and Sarah Elaine Eaton for a provocative session about counterfeit credentials such as fake degrees and tampered transcripts. Admissions fraud remains an understudied area of academic integrity and educational ethics. Learn about some of the telltale signs of admissions fraud in higher education.

This session will be of particular interest to those who handle admissions files for post-secondary institutions, including: academic leaders, registrarial staff, administrative staff, and academics who sit on admissions committees. Although this session is framed within the context of Canadian higher education, many of the concepts and tips will likely apply to those in other jurisdictions, as admissions fraud is a global concern.

This session will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time (Calgary, Canada) via Zoom. Login instructions will be sent to registered participants within one day of the live event. The live session can accommodate 300 participants, but everyone who registers will receive a link to watch a recorded version of the presentation after the live event.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand foundational concepts related to admissions fraud.
  • Be aware of the business models that thrive in this landscape, and the potential for blackmail with counterfeit credentials. 
  • Assess how those involved with admissions processes can better identify fraudulent documents.

Facilitator: Jamie Carmichael and Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD
Date: Friday, September 11, 2020
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Locations: Online via Zoom

Please note: This workshop will be recorded, registration will close on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to the morning of the workshop.

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Creating a Culture of Equity in Academic Integrity: Best Practices for Teaching and Learning

This session will review inequitable practices related to academic integrity. These practices threaten to undermine the vital work of celebrating and affirming a diverse academic community. This presentation will consider the ramifications for students, teachers, and researchers, and offer research-based solutions to refine current approaches to teaching and upholding academic integrity.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define the current challenges to equity in academic integrity. 
  • Recognize current practices and the ways they may uphold unequal outcomes. 
  • Review best practices for equitable practice in academic integrity. 

Facilitator: Dr. Ceceilia Parnther, PhD
Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Locations: Online via Zoom

Please note: This workshop will be recorded, registration will close on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the workshop will be sent to you the morning of the webinar.

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Indigenous Paradigms in Practice: Relationships, Story and Academic Integrity

Indigenous peoples are diverse distinct nations who carry the knowledge of millennia. As Indigenous peoples we know that knowledge must be authentic, validated, and shared through principled action. Join us as we discuss the paradigms and principles of academic integrity based on the values of our Communities. Providing the philosophical and the practical, this webinar is designed to explore Indigenous approaches to knowledge for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the post-secondary community.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify specific themes and principles of Indigenous paradigms.
  • Gain insight and examples of Indigenous paradigms in practice.
  • Demonstration concrete knowledge on the differences between decolonization and Indigenization in the academy. 

Facilitator: Keeta Gladue
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

Please note: This workshop will be recorded, registration will close on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the workshop will be sent to you the morning of the webinar.

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Contract Cheating and Cryptocurrency

Join Dr. Joel Reardon for insights into the role cryptocurrency plays in the outsourcing of academic work, also known as contract cheating, which is s serious breach of academic integrity. Learn what cryptocurrency is, how it works and how it can be used to purchase assignments, theses and other academic work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe what cryptocurrency is.
  • Understand how cryptocurrency functions.
  • Understand the connection between cryptocurrency and contract cheating.

Facilitator: Dr. Joel Reardon, DCS
Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

Please note: This workshop will be recorded, registration will close on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the workshop will be sent to you the morning of the webinar.

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