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    The section provides resources on academic integrity that are publically available. All of these resources are appropriate for a general student audience, although some would be especially relevant for students for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL). The following definition of academic integrity is drawn from the Academic Integrity Standards Project (AISP):

    "Academic integrity encompasses a number of values and ideals that should be upheld in an academic institution. Within the academy there is a fundamental obligation to exercise integrity, which includes honesty, trustworthiness and respect. Within an academic structure those values must be evident in the research as well as the teaching and learning activities of the institution.  Academic integrity involves ensuring that in research, and in teaching and learning, both staff and students act in an honest way, that they’re open and accountable for their actions, and that they exhibit fairness and transparency when they’re dealing with people or with research.  Furthermore, it is important that staff members at all levels be role models and demonstrate integrity as an example to students who will progress through the education system and then transition into professional life. Academic integrity impacts on students and staff in these core activities, and is fundamental to the reputation and standing of an organisation and its members." (AISP Interview transcript: Law Academic, University A)

    The Exemplary Academic Integrity Project, in consultation with TESOL SA, has further adapted this definition to meet the needs of English as an Additional Language students, and is presented in plain English as follows:

    Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning, teaching and research. It is important for students, teachers, researchers and professional staff to act in an honest way, be responsible for their actions, and show fairness in every part of their work. All students and staff should be an example to others of how to act with integrity in their study and work. Academic integrity is important for an individual's and a school's reputation. 

    We encourage all higher education providers to use the simplified definition above to assist EAL students to understand the complex and sometimes confusing concept of academic integrity. This definition has been translated into Mandarin by the Building Academic Integrity Project and the Mandarin version is available here.

    The following videos on academic integrity have been selected by the project team using a set of criteria that included video quality, duration, having student appeal, and providing an educational approach . These details are provided as introductory material for each video and are summarised in our Selection Table.

    You Tube Videos1

    Academic integrity issues are complex and multi-faceted. The videos provided here are intended to capture student interest and open a conversation on academic integrity. The video below 'Academic Integrity - Students' make an abstract concept (integrity) personal and intrinsic to the character of the student. It uses 'talking heads' and would appeal to all students. Duration:1.07 minutes

    • Orientation video Uses clip art relating to breaches of academic integrity, accompanied by Billy Joel’s ‘Honesty’. It would be useful to play as a backdrop to an academic integrity or orientation seminar. Duration: 3:16 minutes
    • Academic integrity and why it matters Uses talking heads to discuss students' lived experience of ‘integrity’. Duration 2:09 minutes
    • What is plagiarism Uses role play to outline a common scenario students can relate to. Duration: 1:59 minutes
    • Plagiarism Uses talking heads and role play to depict academic integrity dilemmas as a short vignette. Duration: 3:59 minutes
    • Uses talking heads to present an example that is very likely to be the experience of even high achieving students . Focus is educational. Duration: 1:15 minutes
    • Academic integrity breaches Uses role play to depict scenarios that are authentic and demonstrate the dilemmas that many students face with their peers. Duration: 2:50 minutes
    • Quiz: AI breaches Uses an online interactive format for a quiz on academic integrity breaches. Duration 1:05 minutes
    • Uses role play and 'talking heads' in a scenario of using a cell phone to breach academic integrity. Duration: 1:32 minutes
    • Sharing tests Uses 'talking heads' and role play to depict the dilemma of sharing answers on a test. Duration: 2:12 minutes
    • Collusion Uses 'talking heads' and role play to depict the issue of collusion. Duration: 3:12 minutes
    • Group work etiquette Uses 'talking heads' and role play to depict issues around group work. Duration: 4:05 minutes
    • Self-plagiarism Uses 'talking heads' and role play to depict the issue of self-plagiarism. Duration: 1:56 minutes

    The video above, "Plagiarism: How to avoid it" Uses narration and animation to explain plagiarism well and in an engaging manner. Duration: 2:50 minutes

    Tutorials on academic integrity

    Compilation of resources  


    1 For an illustration of how the You Tube videos can be used in an activity session at your institution click here.