The Truth About Academic Integrity and Remote Emergency Teaching

Magriet de Villiers is an Advisor in Learning Technologies at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Learning Technologies. She has a keen interest in political philosophy and public theology and she is currently doing research on the work of Hannah Arendt’s understanding of critical thinking and judgement through this lens.  Magriet has a passion for and interest in a pedagogy of discomfort, where learners are unique individuals who step into the world of higher education with embedded psychosocial structures and knowledge.

For students to gain the necessary skills to become well-rounded individuals and dynamic professionals, we need to instil a community of practice where students, educators and broader structures work together to enable a holistic environment that these students.

In this webinar, Magriet will be sharing her thoughts on COVID-19 and the continuing discussion on academic integrity.

“The more things change…the more they stay the same.”

Listen in to learn more about how things have changed from a classroom or face-to-face teaching environment to remote emergency teaching? How has this had an impact on Academic Integrity?

There are numerous assumptions surrounding academic integrity within the context of the online learning environment:

  1. Students cheat more in online environments
  2. Policies are the answer
  3. ‘Plagiarism detection software’ is enough

Magriet addresses these assumptions, highlighting truth vs myth.

To learn more, listen to the recording of this webinar below:

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