Staff information

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This page contains resources to assist CDU staff with the prevention, detection, investigation, and deterrence of student academic misconduct. 

Heading: Prevention

Good assessment design is a fundamental part of supporting student academic integrity.  The following resources will guide you in the design of better assessments.

Assist students to prepare for their assignment with these seven vital tips.
Seven vital tips to prepare for your assignment

The following cartoon scenarios show student academic integrity at CDU in a new light. The cartoons are based on actual incidents that have occurred at CDU. You can use these with students to help educate them about breaches of academic integrity and the consequences.

Episode 1: Copying another student's workEpisode 2: Writing to spice things upEpisode 3: Group work gone wrongEpisode 4: The synonym twist
Episode 1: Copy Time Episode 2: The Write WayEpisode 3: The Collusion CaperEpisode 4: The Synonym Twist
Episode 5: The Ghost Who Writes

The Plagiarism Quiz can raise students’ awareness about plagiarism. You might want to link first year students to this quiz from your Learnline unit.

Heading: Detection

SafeAssign is a text matching tool that is integrated with Learnline. It can be used to monitor students’ work to identify high levels of text matching that need investigation. It can also be used to educate students about academic writing skills such as summarising, paraphrasing and referencing. For more information about SafeAssign have a look at the Safe Assign Good Practice Guide  and the Safe Assign Tip Sheets:

In some instances you may be interested in securing the online test environment to monitor student assessment. At CDU you have access to the Respondus LockDown Browser. This is a custom web browser that locks down the online testing environment within Learnline. Once enabled, when students use LockDown Browser to take an online test they are unable to print, copy, go to other websites, access other applications or close the test until it is submitted for grading. Respondus Monitor can be used in conjunction with LockDown Browser to record students during the online test via a web camera. With this enabled a student is required to use a web camera and microphone to sit the test. After the test is complete you can review details of the assessment and recorded videos of the test.

To find out more, see the links below:

Respondus LockDown BrowserRespondus Monitor

 You should contact Manager Learning Technologies bill.searle@cdu.edu.au if you are interested in using Respondus in your units.

Heading: Investigation

This three-part flow chart (PDF 216kb) has been developed to guide academic staff, unit coordinators, heads of school and PVCs through the process of investigating allegations of student academic misconduct. This is a reference that should be on every staff members’ wall.

The Complaints Register, or ‘the Register’ is where all allegations of student academic misconduct are lodged, along with the outcome of the review and all supporting documents.

Some higher education schools and themes have created their own templates for recording discussions with students about alleged breaches of academic misconduct. See examples below: 

The Complaints Management Unit can provide you with support and guidance if you are investigating an allegation of student academic misconduct.

Heading: Deterrence

Deterrence is best achieved by raising student awareness about the seriousness and implications of breaches of academic integrity. Please refer to the student page.

Useful Resources

 TEQSA’s Good Practice Note: Addressing contract cheating to safeguard academic integrity provides specific advice for Higher Education providers in five critical areas including:

  • policies to promote academic integrity
  • policies and procedures to address breaches
  • actions to mitigate risks
  • the provision of academic integrity guidance
  • good practices to maintain academic integrity

Academic papers by CDU Staff

The following are a selection of journal articles and presentations by CDU academic staff focusing on academic integrity and related issues.

Janssen, A. V. & Rowen, R. (2016). Purpose, Meaning and Alignment: Dual frameworks to scaffold understanding and design of assessment to enhance the student and teacher experience. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 10(1), pp. A191-A205.

Kell, M. (2010). Western notions of academic integrity as a barrier to international students. In P.M. Kell & G. Vogl (Eds.), Global student mobility in the Asia Pacific: Mobility, migration, security and wellbeing of international students (pp. 77-98). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Kell, M., & Gregson, R. (2011). Who struggles with academic literacy? Challenging common assumptions of which students engage in plagiarism. The University of the Fraser Valley Research Review, 4(1), 100-110.

Lauva, M., & Andre, K. (2011). Enhancing Academic Integrity through Holistic Educative Approaches: An Edith Cowan University Innovation. Showcase Presentation at the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity. The University Of Western Australia. Perth, Western Australia.
Link to conference proceedings