Don’t want to attend your Zoom class? There’s a bot for that

October 16, 2020

Did you know that there’s now a bot that will attend Zoom classes on behalf of students? Well, there might be more than one, but one in particular, Beuler, has the tag line of “Zoom out. Sleep in.”

Beuler - About Us

Beuler – About Us – Screen Shot 2020-10-16 at 7.46.20 AM

In the “About Us” section of the website, it says: “Bueler was created as a dorm room project by two Zoom University students who understand the consequences and dangers of early classes. Instead of sacrificing their health and wellbeing, they decided to create a software application that would go to their classes for them.”

Dustin Bakkie did this video for educators on how to counter its use in classes.

Policy can take a long time to catch up to practice, as I pointed out with some colleagues in this article, so my guess would be that many institutional academic misconduct policies would not yet include explicit language to make the use of such bots a breach of integrity. Having said that, there may be provisions in some policies that prohibit students engaging with a third party to complete academic work on their behalf, or having someone else impersonate them. In this case the “one” might not be a human, but instead a bot, so policy interpretation might be the key to holding students responsible for their actions.

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Webinar: Creating a Culture of Equity in Academic Integrity: Best Practices for Teaching and Learning with Dr. Ceceilia Parnther

October 7, 2020

Creating a Culture of Equity in Academic Integrity: Best Practices for Teaching and Learning – Webinar

Presenter: Dr. Ceceilia Parnther

Overview:

Ceceila ParntherThis session will review inequitable practices related to academic integrity. These practices threaten to undermine the vital work of celebrating and affirming a diverse academic community. This presentation will consider the ramifications for students, teachers, and researchers, and offer research-based solutions to refine current approaches to teaching and upholding academic integrity.

Learning Outcomes:

Engaged participants will:

  1. Define the current challenges to equity in academic integrity.
  2. Recognize current practices and the ways they may uphold unequal outcomes.
  3. Review best practices for equitable practice in academic integrity.

Presenter bio:

Ceceilia Parnther, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University. Her research interests include academic integrity education and equitable college student success initiatives. Before joining the faculty, Ceceilia worked in student and academic affairs in various capacities, including academic integrity, advisement, and student conduct. Among others, her most recent research is found in Higher Education Research and Development, Innovative Higher Education, and The Journal of College Student Retention.

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. – Mountain Time – Please adjust to your local time zone.
Locations: Online via Zoom

Please note: This workshop will be recorded, registration will close on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the workshop will be sent to you the morning of the webinar. The recording link will only be sent to registered participants.

Register here.

Keywords: academic integrity, academic misconduct, student conduct, equity, diversity, inclusion

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Race-based data in student conduct: A call to action – Report now available

June 8, 2020

Cover - Race-based data in student conductIt is essential to take a strong stand against systemic racism and discrimination. This includes a commitment to identify and address racism and discrimination in matters relating to academic and non-academic student misconduct. In this report I synthesize existing resources and issue a call to action to collect more race-based data relating to student conduct for the purposes of identifying and addressing systemic injustices perpetuated by existing higher education reporting, policies and procedures.

Abstract

Purpose: This report highlights ways in which race-based data can be used to combat systemic racism in matters relating to academic and non-academic and student misconduct.

Methods: Information synthesis of available information relating to race-based data and student conduct.

Results: A summary and synthesis of how and why race-based data can be used to identify and combat discrimination of students with regards to academic and non-academic misconduct.

Implications: Through this report, an argument is made for more attention to fair and equitable treatment of students in matters relating to academic and non-academic misconduct regardless of race, colour, language or country of origin.

Additional materials: 21 references.

Document type: Report

Keywords: equity, diversity, inclusion, racism, discrimination, student conduct, student affairs, academic integrity, race-based data

This report is available free of charge as an open access resource. Download your complete copy of this report here: http://hdl.handle.net/1880/112157

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