2nd Asia-Pacific Educational Integrity Conference
Addressing the Wandering Naïve: The development of an online resource to educate students about a university-wide academic integrity policy
Lee Partridge - Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia
Dr. Beverley McNamara - School of Social and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia
This paper outlines the process undertaken to inform new entry tertiary students of the implementation of a recently developed policy on academic conduct. Following cross- faculty consultations, a WebCT online resource was developed for use amongst new entry students. In addition to informing students of the policy's existence, the module developed served a number of other purposes including the introduction to general issues of ethical scholarship and ways it may impact on both the students’ academic and future careers. It stated the University’s expectations of their students with respect to ethical scholarship, informing them of the likely consequences that might result from instances of academic misconduct and providing them with advice and sources of assistance in matters concerning correct academic conduct. In so doing it sought to be both supportive and clear about student responsibility. Students’ response to the initial implementation of the module was surveyed, assessing its success in addressing the relevance to new entry tertiary students.
Keywords: ICT, WebCT, academic integrity, undergraduate students, new entry students, equity of process