I’m very excited that we’ve received so may excellent proposals for the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium (TLTS). The TLTS is a FREE faculty development event and a great opportunity for you to network with fellow educators throughout Colorado. Faculty and staff at eLCC member institutions are invited to attend the Symposium to be held on October 24th, 2014 at MSU Denver on the Auraria Campus.
The keynote speaker, Charles Dzuiban, is a national leader in online and blended education and we are very excited that he will be joining us for this event. This year’s theme is “The Quest for Quality” and session tracks include the following topics:
– Course Quality
– Multimedia for Learning
– Universal Design for Learning
– Blended Learning
– Social Learning
– Online Learning
Space is limited so register right away if you plan to attend.
I recently came across the Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education reference again and thought it was worth sharing here. This list of best practices was created in 2009 by WCET, the UT Telecampus and the Instructional Technology Council (ITC).
As a member of the University of Denver’s Honor Code Advisory Council, I understand how important it is to promote a culture of academic integrity in higher education. One of our most passionate members, Dr. Michael Kerwin, wrote an excellent opinion in the Denver Post this summer called, “Cheating Epidemic? Why is it so prevalent and what steps can be taken to stop it? that provides a brief overview of the issue and some practical steps to prevent cheating.
Below are a few selected strategies outlined in the best practices guide:
- Establish a campus-wide policy on academic integrity that articulates faculty & student responsibilities
- Encourage faculty to report every suspected violation and act upon it.
- State the academic integrity/academic honesty policy within the online learning environment and discuss it early in the course.
- Incorporate academic integrity strategies into professional development and faculty training offerings.
- Define academic integrity and cheating and clearly explain what is considered dishonest and unacceptable behavior.
- Provide rubrics, or detailed grading criteria, for every assignment at the beginning of the course so students understand how they will be graded.
- Use a variety of assessment strategies (quizzes, short and long papers, test questions that require the application of a theory or concept.
- Require students to turn in a draft, and their bibliography or references prior to the paper’s due date.