In the age of the AI Bot, ChatGPT and Bard, there is a lot of talk about the impact that new technology may have on Higher Education, not just in terms of how it is delivered and curated, but also in how students respond to the challenge of evidencing their learning. Some believe that augmented search and synthesise capabilities will bring deeper and more effective learning, whilst others see a potentially existential threat to what HE is intended to deliver to candidates.
One way of sifting through the arguments and arriving at a balanced and coherent view around new technology is to take a longer-term perspective on the underlying tenets of University-level education, and to focus on the principles of Academic Integrity established centuries ago and still as relevant to the student journey today as they were when first laid down.
What do we Mean – Academic Integrity?
It is assumed, generally speaking, that when working together towards the achievement of academic qualifications, knowledge and capabilities designed to evidence change in students, that this is made possible through the academic integrity of all parties. This means that to be truly transformational, HE is based on ‘the expectation that teachers, students, researchers and all members of the academic community act with honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility and courage’ during the process.
Why is it important in Higher Education?
According to the International Centre for Academic Integrity, without a commitment to these fundamental values, the work of educators and students and those involved in supporting the learning journey may lose value and credibility. The six values ensure, if adopted consistently, that education is informed and improved by better quality ethical decision making and behaviour, which ‘enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.’
The corollary, of course, is that without proactive commitment to the 6 values of academic integrity, Higher Education risks acceptance of less positive influences, lower ethical and moral standards and less effective behaviour around the learning journey for educators and students alike. Without academic integrity, the whole process is much more susceptible to misconduct, misunderstanding and lack of learning, all of which damages the student, their tutors and their institutions.
What does Academic Integrity involve?
Each of the six fundamental principles is associated with specific behaviours, including:
Where these behaviours are at the heart of dialogue between tutors, students, administrators and awarding bodies there is a greater likelihood of academic integrity overcoming personal, institutional and social threats to academic achievement.
Behaviours associated with successful academic achievement include:
For Higher Education Institutions (HEI)?
Achieving Academic Integrity in support of successful student outcomes requires HEI to consider:
How does LSME achieve this?
The great news is that staff at the London School of Management Education (LSME) are already acknowledged to be excellent at ensuring Academic Integrity across all programmes at the college. This is achieved through:
The result is that many other institutions and bodies, including those with national and international standing, look at LSME and how Academic Integrity is enshrined here as a model for their own aspirations and planning. You can be sure you are in good hands as you study here at LSME!
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