Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Economy

The importance of reinforcing honor codes to combat distance misconduct

AT THIS TIME when distance learning has become the norm, academic integrity is a matter of great concern. With less student supervision in virtual classrooms, cases of academic misconduct are becoming more common.

To keep a check on distance misconduct, the Department of Education (DepEd) declared that public schools will not conduct periodical examinations in this academic year. Instead, students’ progress will be assessed through summative exercises and tasks.

While academic dishonesty exists, using an honor code has proven to be an effective tool in promoting ethical behavior. An honor code will help inspire students to prioritize personal integrity and also collaborate effectively with their peers. In support of this, various education technology solutions are evolving to identify and discourage academic impropriety.

UNDERSTANDING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY IN ONLINE LEARNING
Data gathered through DepEd’s National Learner Enrollment and Survey Forms (LESFs) suggested that 8.8 million out of the 22.2 million parents (39.6% of total respondents) preferred modular distance learning as an alternative to in-person classes for the current academic year. In the current situation where educators have limited interaction with students, it is more difficult to discern whether a student has intentionally violated academic integrity standards. Students’ intentions can be determined by asking them to explain the process for completing the work, and even using a short, targeted assessment to uncover a skills deficit. However, these approaches may prove time-consuming and even inconclusive for educators who are not experienced in such investigation tactics.

New education technology tools are being developed to help teachers examine student work more objectively so that they can make informed decisions, address issues, and take necessary action.

USING HONOR CODES TO UPHOLD INTEGRITY IN VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS
Honor codes help students understand the importance of integrity and authenticity throughout the writing process, and should be updated to reflect the current learning environment. They should support the work of educators and be reinforced through instruction. For instance, at the beginning of the school year, educators can have students sign an honor statement that is then regularly referenced throughout the year. It is also crucial to educate students about academic integrity principles and build trust through regular feedback and one-on-one virtual catch-up sessions.

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTION
Educators should empower students by promoting a safe, interactive, and open environment that will encourage them to communicate the learning challenges they are experiencing.

If potential plagiarism is suspected, educators must hold students accountable while encouraging them to learn and grow from their mistakes. Educational tools, which support academic integrity by enabling feedback, assessing skill gaps, and promoting fairness, empower teachers to be more productive and efficient. These tools also help them check the quality of student’s work and identify underlying learning challenges to work on with the student individually. Students can also use such tools to check their own work before submitting it, thus reinforcing a culture of academic integrity.

DEVELOPING FUTURE CITIZENS OF INTEGRITY
It is crucial for educators to uphold academic integrity among their students to prevent dishonest habits or misconduct, which in turn, will allow students to develop critical thinking skills that are essential to their academic performance and future careers.

Educating students on the consequences of academic dishonesty and the importance of academic integrity can significantly reduce plagiarism cases. When they graduate from university, students bring this core value with them into their professional work and social lives, helping them be better citizens in the community.

Amidst changing times, students are coming up with newer forms of plagiarism and academic misconduct, making it even more important to uphold honor codes and policies. Educators should reinforce this principle through explicit instruction around academic integrity that is facilitated by technology, to provide formative student learning opportunities.

The Philippines has a significant number of students poised to join the workforce in the future. Educators have an important role to play in instilling academic integrity not only to prevent misconduct, but to help students develop into citizens with integrity.

 

Jack Brazel is the Head of Business Partnerships Southeast Asia of Turnitin, a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Investing

There is growing concern that free, face-to-face advice which helps hundreds of thousands out of debt each year could be cut. New contracts from...

Investing

The Bank of England’s new chief economist has warned that UK inflation is likely to hit or surpass 5% by early next year. Huw...

Economy

By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter  The Philippines expects to narrow its budget deficit, with the government having raised tax collections as of end-September amid a coronavirus...

Economy

The Philippine economy is expected to grow by 4.3% this year — slower than originally expected — due to recurring coronavirus infection surges in the region, according to the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic...

Economy

By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The Philippine central bank sold P100 billion worth of 28-day bills on Friday, with rates slipping as it...

Economy

The Department of Health reported 5,823 coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total to 2.7 million.  The death toll rose to 41,520 after 283 more patients...

You May Also Like

Investing

Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...

Economy

Ivermectin, an existing drug against parasites including head lice, has had a checkered history when it comes to treating COVID-19. The bulk of studies...

Investing

As a traditionally rigid insurance industry becomes bogged down by antiquated processes and operations, a handful of industry leaders are seeking to shake things...

Economy

Pfizer Inc on Wednesday raised its 2021 sales forecast for its COVID-19 vaccine by 29% to $33.5 billion, and said it believes people will...

Disclaimer: SmartRetirementReport.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.



Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!