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How to promote academic integrity in online education

February 23, 2018 @ 00:00

SRCE and EDEN joint event

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The webinar will take place in SRCE’s Adobe connect room

Moderator: Sandra Kucina Softic, EDEN Vice-president, Assistant Director at the University Computing Centre Croatia


  • Fredric M. Litto, Professor Emeritus, University of São Paulo and President, Brazilian Association of Distance Education-ABED
    Title of the presentation: “Plagiarism in Open & Online Learning”Some definitions of current academic plagiarism, followed by certain answers to these questions: Is there more plagiarism in higher education since the advent of the Internet? What factors are encouraging the practice of plagiarism?  Is plagiarism software a solution with no drawbacks? Do interventions like ethics training really work?
  • Dr. Irene Glendinning, Academic Manager for Student Experience, Coventry University, UK
    Title of the presentation: Academic integrity in distance learning programmes – securing authentication and verifying authenticity of assessment.
    This part of the webinar will first explore what recent research in South-Eastern-europe and in other parts of the world tells us about views of different players towards academic integrity in higher education. The research findings will then be considered in the light of specific requirements for assurance of quality and standards in distance learning programmes. Finally recommendations will be made about what responses should be made by the different stakeholders to address the threads to academic integrity affecting education in general
  • Chris Edwards, The Institute of Educational Technology, Open University UK
    Title of the presentation: Online learning and academic integrity: developments, experiences and opportunitiesThe Open University in the UK has been providing its characteristic Supported Open Learning to students for nearly 50 years. Most recent developments are facilitated by computers and the internet. This webinar considers the current developments in e-authentication and in supporting academic integrity within the context of experience. It will include details of the European Commission funded Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment System for Learning, TeSLA, project and two other projects: OpenMentor and OpenEssayist.
    Chris is a lecturer at the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology, where he chairs the masters module Openness and innovation in eLearning, has programme responsibilities for the Masters in Online and Distance Education, is a researcher on TeSLA and a data wrangler for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Academic institutions often define academic integrity as intellectual honesty within academic work that is devoid of plagiarism, fabrication and dishonesty. It should be present in all types of educational settings.  Although plagiarism is not a new phenomenon it has become a greater concern lately especially in connection with online education. Questions like “is online learning creating new opportunities for plagiarism” or “how to prevent online students to use online resources without properly quoting or citing them” are becoming more present. The number of software for plagiarism detection is increasing and they are often looked at as the solution. Educational institutions, especially universities are faced with the challenge of how to solve and prevent the issue of plagiarism and to make academic integrity a highly valued standard in the academic world again. What is the best solution to do it?



February 23, 2018
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