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.


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 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.


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
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.


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
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.


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.


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
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.