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Jude Carroll Academic Integrity expert from Oxford Brookes University visited Southampton University to run a day exploring issues around Academic Integrity. Around 20 colleagues directly involved in Academic Integrity from across the University came along and discussed a range of issues.

Jude mentioned that there were six stages to Academic Integrity

1. Knowledge

i. What is plagiarism

ii. How to apply the rules

2. Programme design – practice

i. Assignment design

3. Spotting it – range of strategies

4. Management of cases that do not hurt the spotter

5. Penalties that match levels

6. Policies – fair, transparent, defenceable

For more information about events run by LATEU please see our website.

Jude Carroll, who presented to colleagues at the University of Southampton Feb 26 2010

Jude Carroll - Academic Integrity

LATEU is running a lunchtime session about TeamPoll, an online peer feedback system, on Tuesday 13 October from 12.45 to 2.00 in the LATEU training room (25/3077). A buffet lunch will be provided for all people who book a place – please email lateu@soton.ac.uk and note that we are limited to 20 places.

TeamPoll is an online peer-review system that enables students to provide the other members of their group with feedback on their teamwork. It uses a simple traffic-light analogy to indicate overall performance and also requires the selection of two comments that provide more specific feedback, such as “good attitude” or “better contributions needed”. It should be noted that each student has to rate their own performance as well as that of their team members. The feedback generated can be used in a formative way to encourage improved performance, and/or summatively to modify the final grade achieved by each student.

The session will start at 12.45 with lunch, a short presentation and discussion about the peer review process. From 1.15 until 2.00 there will be a hands-on session that shows the process by which a tutor creates a poll, students vote and all view the feedback that results.

TeamPoll was developed by Dr Kenji Takeda (Engineering Sciences) using a grant from the University’s ‘Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund’. If you cannot make the session, more information is available at http://www.elearning.soton.ac.uk/guide/peer_review.htm including three short videos that show how the system is used. It also includes details on how you can request an account and use TeamPoll in your teaching.

The deadline for the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund bids is looming ever closer.  Expressions of interest should be receieved by LATEU no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th October.

The funds can be used for projects of varying scale and nature. Ideally, the intention is to free up staff time for an agreed period so that effort can be focused on developing learning and teaching. Staff may collaborate with colleagues from their School, other Schools or Professional Service.

The criteria that will be used to select projects to be funded are:

  • Alignment with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy
  • Enhancement of the student Experience
  • Transferability across disciplines
  • Value for money
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Collaboration with other Schools
  • Evaluation of Outcomes & Impact
    – a clear method to evaluate the success, outcomes and impact of the project

See our website for full details of the funds and application procedures

Staff are invited to apply for funding for projects and activities which support the achievements of the University of Southampton Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy and the University of Southampton E-Learning Strategy. The scheme is open to all staff involved in teaching, or learning support, and individuals or teams may apply.

There is a common application scheme for the two funds and initial applications require the completion of a one page “Expression of Interest” Form. The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest Application forms is noon on Wednesday 15th October 2008.

The funds can be used for projects of varying scale and nature. Ideally, the intention is to free up staff time for an agreed period so that effort can be focused on developing learning and teaching. Staff may collaborate with colleagues from their School, other Schools or Professional Service.

The criteria that will be used to select projects to be funded are:

  • Alignment with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy
  • Enhancement of the student Experience
  • Transferability across disciplines
  • Value for money
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Collaboration with other Schools
  • Evaluation of Outcomes & Impact
    – a clear method to evaluate the success, outcomes and impact of the project

See our website for full details of the funds and application procedures

For your information, I attended this conference last week (21st May 2008).  There was a series of presentations and two keynote speakers.  Details of all the presentations can be accessed via the HEA web site.

At the February meeting of AQSC a revised version of the Guidance for Schools on using the Academic Integrity Statement was approved.  A number of changes were approved to the regulations in the Calendar and changes to this guidance document related to the changes in regulations, issues regarding serial and multiple incidents, issues involving two or more students in different roles (eg supplier and copier) and consideration of the possibility of consequential effects of imposed penalties.

Colleagues working to improve the quality of the feedback presented to students after assessment might like to look at this video resource that is available from the HE Academy web site.  This is part of the resource made available through the Student Enhanced Learning through Effective Feedback project.

View the video here.