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September 15, 2014
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Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes

Annual Teaching Day 2007

Academic Integrity @ Laurier: Affirming a Culture of Integrity

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Educational Development is pleased to announce the theme of this year's annual teaching day - Academic Integrity. The day will consist of a keynote address, an afternoon of concurrents, and an opportunity to learn about the new educational and enforcement initiatives championed by the Academic Integrity Committee. Lunch and a closing wine and cheese will also be provided, providing a forum to network, dialogue and exchange ideas about academic integrity/misconduct at Laurier and beyond.

To frame our discussions and understanding about academic integrity/misconduct in Canadian higher education, we have invited Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes of the University of Guelph to join us. Dr. Christensen Hughes recently co-published two articles in the 2006 issue of the Canadian Journal of Higher Education based on her research. Respectively, they are titled "Understanding Academic Misconduct" and "Academic Misconduct within Higher Education in Canada." Electronic access by the Laurier community is available from the Library website (other universities and colleges please check with your institutional Library for access rights).

As alluded to above, this year's event has the following goals:

  • to provide an overview (big picture) and context of academic integrity/misconduct in Canadian higher education
  • to communicate the developments and intiatives championed by the university's Academic Integrity Committee
  • to showcase new and ongoing educational initiatives designed to support a culture of integrity at Laurier
  • to introduce the new Senate approved academic misconduct policies, penalty guidelines, and recording mechanisms (effective September 1st)
  • to engage in discussion and share startegies designed to promote a culture of integrity and respond to incidents of academic misconduct

About the Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes
Associate Professor, School of Hospitality & Tourism | former director, Teaching Support Services, University of Guelph

As past President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and former director of Teaching Support Services at the University of Guelph, Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes has played a pivotal role in advocating for the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. Julia's scholarly interests in PSE include academic integrity, curriculum development, critical thinking, and learner centrendeness. A recipient of the Sheffield award, from the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education (CSSHE), Julia's research on academic integrity has done much to raise awareness and catalyze action on this important issue. Currently Julia is serving as Chair of the newly formed Department of Business, College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph. She holds an MBA and PhD in Organizational Behaviour from York University's Schulich School of Business and a BComm from the University of Guelph.

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Registration | Refreshments Bricker Academic (BA) Building, 1st floor
9 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks (BA201)
Sandy Hughes: Director of Teaching Support Services

9:15 - 10:40 a.m.

Keynote Address (BA201)
Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes, University of Guelph
Understanding Academic Misconduct within Higher Education in Canada: Implications for Laurier

10:40 – 11a.m.
Academic Integrity (AI): The Laurier Context
Dr. Mark Baetz, Academic Integrity Advisor, Chair: Academic Integrity Committee, Professor, SBE

11 – 11:20 a.m.

Refreshment Break
(BA foyer, 1st floor)

11:20 - 11:50 a.m.

AI Discussion Groups: The Five Levers - What Still Needs to be Done?
- Lever 1: Recommit to Integrity as a Core Value (BA110)
- Lever 2: Provide Quality Education (BA111)
- Lever 3: Reform Assessment Practice (BA112)
- Lever 4: Review, Revise and Clarify Policies and
  Procedures (BA113)
- Lever 5: Provide Educational/Orientation Activities
  (Classroom/Campus-wide) (BA210)

11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Affirming an Ethical Culture and Institutional Values
- group leaders report back
- response from Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes
- response and closing remarks from Dr. Mark Baetz

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

President Sponsored Lunch and Welcome
(Science Building Courtyard)

Words of Welcome:
- Dr. Max Blouw, President and Vice Chancellor
- Dr. Susan Horton, Vice President: Academic

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. 

Concurrent Session A (BA110, 111, 112, 113)

2:45 - 3 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3 - 4 p.m.

Concurrent Session B (BA110, 111, 112, 113)

4 - 5 p.m.

Closing Wine and Cheese (Science Building Courtyard)
Sponsored by Teaching Support Services

Collaboration - The Gray Zone (Concurrent Session A and B)

Is student collaboration on assignments acceptable and useful? Or is it dishonest and against the principles of academic integrity? How can instructional design and practice contribute to valuable collaborative learning yet also ensure individual work when needed? Two critical incidents will be examined as part of the conversation about this “ Gray Zone ” in academic integrity, along with resources and research on the topic.

Facilitator: Dr. Ruth Cruikshank, TSS Faculty Associate, School of Business and Economics

Location: BA110

I Suspect My Students Are Cheating: Now What!? (Concurrent Session A & B)

Effective September 2007, Wilfrid Laurier has new university-wide procedures and processes for the investigation and adjudication of student academic misconduct. This session is designed to introduce and familiarize faculty with the new rules, forms and resources available to guide them through the process.


  • Dr. Mark Baetz, Associate Professor, School of Business and Economics
  • Shelley McGill, Assistant Professor, School of Business and Economics
  • Gail Forsyth, Director: Learning Services

Location: BA111

Strategies to Mitigate Cheating and Promote Academic Integrity

With ever advancing technology, today's student has ever elaborate and complicated ways to cheat. While technology has made certain kinds of cheating prevalent (plagiarism), most cheating is simply new twists on old ideas. One of the best ways to avoid charging students with academic dishonesty is to be aware of how students cheat and then to design assignments and tests that are difficult to cheat on. Practical ideas will be offered for how to avoid plagiarism, inappropriate collaboration and cheating on tests/exams.

Facilitator: Andrea Thyret-Kidd, Academic Integrity Officer, McMaster University

Location: BA112

Enculturating Students to the Values and Conventions of Academic Integrity: Strategies for the Classroom (Concurrent Session A)

When it comes to matters of academic integrity, what can we reasonably expect our students to know, value and be able to do? Whose responsibility is it to educate and enculture students to the academic values and conventions we live by daily? And, how can we help our students (yes those Millennials) succeed at university and beyond? These were but a few questions that prompted two faculty members in the Kinesiology department to take matters into their own hands.

In this session you will learn how these individuals integrated academic integrity exercises into the classroom and the curriculum. A selection of these anti-plagiarism exercises will be demonstrated and described. Participants will be asked to share their own strategies and be challenged to consider if we as academics agree on what we consider plagiarism. Resources will be provided to all who attend.


  • Dr. Jennifer Robertson-Wilson, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Emmy Misser, Manager: Writing Centre
  • Jeanette McDonald, Manager: Educational Development

Location: BA113

Levelling the Playing Field for Students: An Introduction to Grading with Rubrics (Concurrent Session B)

"A rubric is a scoring tool that divides an assignment into its components parts and objectives [providing] a detailed description of what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable work” (Stevens & Levi, 2004). Applicable to a wide variety of assignments (e.g., papers, reports, presentations), rubrics offer faculty and teaching assistants a mechanism by which to save time on grading, convey effective feedback, and promote student learning. In this session sample rubrics will be shared along with guidelines for their use and design.


Jeanette McDonald, Manager: Educational Development

Location: BA113

Related Information Title Type
2007 Enculturating Students to the Values of Integrity Document
2007 I Suspect My Students Are Cheating: Now What? Document
2007 Keynote Address - Julia Christensen Hughes (Teaching Day 2007) Document
2007 Keynote Follow Up: The Laurier Context Document
2007 Mitigating Cheating Document