Finding one more way to encourage academic integrity (Teaching Tip)

Exams are a wonderful way for students to assess their learning and instructors to note progress. But how do we help encourage academic integrity within the testing environment? In addition to including an academic integrity statement on your syllabus, consider one of the following:

  • Before exam time, discuss with students how integrity, honesty, and responsible behavior are directly related to your field of study and the professional world beyond academia.
  • Attend the Panel, Exploring the benefits and shortcomings of TurnItIn, Feb. 12 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); information about this special ISU Online Learning Community event is below.
  • Provide a sample exam question in the way of a no- or low-stakes formative assessment. This step provides students with experience in the format of the exam, as well as the content. The results can provide invaluable information on student preparedness.
  • Consider the benefits of open-book exams. Rather than, or in addition to, asking fact-based questions, open-book exams often work towards higher-order thinking.
  • Place an academic integrity statement prominently at the beginning of the assessment to emphasize responsible behavior.
  • Remind students of the Academic Success Center (ASC) programs, including academic coaching, Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring Services, and a wealth of resources related to studying skills, time management, and note-taking. Share a story of a past students’ success after engaging with the ASC.

With a joy for teaching,

Sara Marcketti, Director

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching


Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Finding one more way to encourage academic integrity (February 11, 2021 – Constant Contact) page.

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To view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip for February 11, 2021 (PDF).