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Academic Integrity Month: October 2023

Join us for Academic Integrity Month!

Academic Integrity Month is a York-wide event, taking place throughout the month of October 2023. Join us for a series of workshops and activities that aim to broaden the understanding of academic integrity at York. The theme for this year’s event is Connecting the Community. The spotlight is on innovative academic integrity approaches from the York community that facilitate new thinking about the topic and new ways to foster student success.

Student Activities throughout October

Participate in a Scavenger Hunt this month!

Throughout October, the Academic Integrity Scavenger Hunt is taking place. To participate, access the Academic Integrity Online Scavenger Hunt form. Here you will find a series of questions about student support services at York. You can easily find the answers by visiting the website for each service. Submit the completed form with the correct answers, and you will be entered into a draw to win one of four $50 e-gift cards to the YorkU Bookstore.

Questions? Contact: academicintegrity@yorku.ca

Good luck!

Student Workshops throughout October

Date & TimeSession Title and Description Speaker Registration

Oct. 19, 12:00-1:30 pm

Mon. Oct. 30, 2:00-3:30 pm
Academic Integrity: Learn to Stop Worrying about it

In this interactive workshop that occurs on two dates in October, students will learn what Academic Integrity is at York and how you can demonstrate it. Through scenarios, you will identify different types of academic misconduct that can occur in student work and learn how you can avoid engaging in these behaviours and where you can get more support.

Additionally, this workshop will help increase your confidence when it comes to using sources and citing. Citation is about more than knowing where to add your commas; instead, it prepares you to be an active participant in conversations within your scholarly community and in your professional career. Throughout the workshop, we will share current, scenario-based information that will help you navigate these topics successfully and provide you with a safe space where you have your questions about academic integrity answered and connect with other students on this topic. 

Sophie Bury,
Teaching and Learning Librarian, York University Libraries

Angela Clark, Academic Integrity Specialist, Office of the Vice Provost Academic

Register (October 19)

(October 30)
Various dates
and times
Academic SkillsStudent Workshops

Throughout the month, Learning Skills Services will offer a variety of
workshops on the skills you need to achieve your academic goals.
These include:

Tuesday, October 24 from 9:30-10:30 am:
Time Management (Learning Skills Services)

Tuesday, October 24 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Study Strategies That Work (Learning Skills Services)

More academic skills workshops coming soon!

Hosted by Learning Skill ServicesRegister through
Learning Skills

Theme classes take place on:

2:00-3:00 pm

1:00-2:00 pm

Academic Conventions Theme Classes (ESL Open Learning Centre)

The English as a Second Language Open Learning Centre (ESL OLC), offers theme classes where students (who identify as ESL learners) can enhance their understanding of academic integrity while practicing in-text citations, references, and paraphrasing strategies. The following questions will be discussed:

·       How to maintain academic integrity and avoid plagiarism?

·       Why is following APA/MLA style important in academic writing?

·       What are the most important features of an APA/MLA Style paper?

·       What are some effective paraphrasing strategies?

Hosted by the ESL Open Learning Centre (OLC)

Visit this page
and scroll to 
"ESL OLC Language Facilitation."
Book the
session of your choice using Passport York credentials.
Wed. October 25, 12:00-1:00 pmCritical Thinking Skills to Enhance Academic Integrity

This workshop designed for multilingual students will provide practical guidelines and resources on how to paraphrase and cite effectively, identify the differences between successful paraphrasing and patchwriting/unintentional plagiarism, and discuss how to use generative AI paraphrasing tools responsibly. Students will practice paraphrasing, quoting, and citing/referencing sources in APA, MLA, and Chicago.

Olga Makinina, Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (DLLL), ESL Open Learning Centre (OLC) DirectorRegister

Thursday October 19 1:30-3:00 pm

Tuesday October 31 1:30-3:00 pm

Best in class: ChatGPT & Generative AI Writing Tools 

Writing tools have come a long way from the quill! In this workshop, learn how ChatGPT and other generative AI writing tools can help and hinder your development as an effective writer at university and beyond. We also explore the various risks to your data privacy and the security of your intellectual property that these tools pose as well as the university policies that are in place to guide your use of these tools within course settings. 

Dr. Stevie Bell,
Associate Professor
Writing Department, and Head, McLaughlin College

Zoom link
(October 19)

Zoom link
(October 31)

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Workshops for Instructors and TAs

Week 1: October 2 - October 6

Date & TimeSession Title and Description Speaker Registration
Course kick-off:
Thursday, October 5 from 10:00 - 11:00 am
AI and Education: A Hands-On Workshop for Course Transformation
(Week-long intensive course for instructors)
Looking to get some hands-on time as you respond to ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in your teaching? Join us for a fully online course in the practical pedagogy of technology-enhanced teaching in the age of artificial intelligence. We will explore a range of topics and resources to determine what this new technology will mean for your course policies, your assessments, and your teaching strategies. Participants will learn by doing as they apply course learning to make changes to their own course(s) – whether you are new to generative AI or already using it in your classroom, this course will support you in developing a robust and pedagogically informed approach to its many facets and implications.

This course is offered as a week-long intensive during which regular daily participation is required. Participants can expect to spend a total of approximately 4-8 hours engaging with course content and activities over the week (approximately 1-2 hours per day). The course is designed asynchronously, meaning that while there are daily deadlines, participants can complete each day's tasks at any time that is convenient to them. This course is open to all course directors at York and no previous experience with generative AI is required.

• Course Kick-off: Oct. 5, 10:00-11:00
• Module Check-ins: Oct. 10-13, 10:00-11:00

This course can count toward the Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching for eLearning.
Teaching Commons instructor

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Week 2: October 10 - October 13 (Reading Week)

Date & TimeSession Title and DescriptionSpeaker(s)Registration
Tuesday, October 10, 11:00-12:00 amExposing the Weak Explicative Skills of Generative Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT) in the Context of Second-Year Organic Chemistry (for instructors)

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses distinct challenges to educators in the context of academic integrity. Nonetheless, many instructors are clamouring to intelligently integrate this new technology into their pedagogies. Having moved from the relatively recent growth of homework help sites (such as CourseHero.com and Chegg.com) that facilitate cheating under the guise of being “tutored”, we now enter the modern era of generative Artificial Intelligence. Under this new educational regime, a student can query a program that is incapable of thinking or understanding anything at all. Yet, how can they confirm the answer provided by this program is truly correct? The problem is complicated by correct-sounding terms or phraseology, and further compounded by an AI that is gratingly over-confident in its erroneous replies. In this session, learn about an assessment that was developed for second-year organic chemistry students where they posed a predefined question to an AI chatbot, critiqued the AI’s response, and provided a correct response of their own construction. The design, practical structure, and qualitative and semiquantitative results of this assessment, including self-reports from past students, will be discussed.
Lana Hébert, Instructor,
Department of Chemistry
workshop canceled

Wednesday October 11 & Thursday, October 12 (all day)
Teaching Commons Assessment Institute
(for instructors)

This Fall reading week, the Teaching Commons is offering a two-day, in-person intensive assessment institute. During the TC Assessment Institute, participants will work closely with peer faculty members, educational developers, writing centre colleagues, and undergraduate student consultants to redesign assignments for their courses. Through themed sessions, consultations, peer feedback, and concentrated working time, participants will leave the institute with a fully developed assessment and skills/strategies to redesign other assignments in their courses.

Note: To ensure opportunities for meaningful discussion, interaction, and feedback, the Institute is limited to 10 participants maximum.
Lisa Endersby and Matthew Dunleavy, Educational Developers,
Teaching Common
Friday, October 13, 11:00 am -12:00 pm Fostering Integrity in the Classroom - Virtual Session
(for Teaching Assistants)

In this session for TAs, PhD candidate Davis Vallesi explores how to foster foundational values of integrity within our teaching environments, while Academic Integrity Specialist, Angela Clark, will facilitate discussions related to some of the senate regulations surrounding academic honesty at York University. The session will engage you in discussions on helping students avoid misconduct, detecting, reporting, etc.
Davis Vallesi, Teaching Commons, and Angela Clark, Academic Integrity SpecialistOnline Workshop

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Week 3: October 16 - October 20

Date & TimeSession Title and DescriptionSpeaker(s)Registration
Wednesday, October 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pmAcademic Integrity and Written Assignments
(workshop for instructors)

In this session, we will explore challenges, strategies, and best practices for supporting academic integrity while assessing student written work.

This workshop is part of a Workshop series. Join us for one, two, or all three online workshops in a series focusing on the intersections between assessment practices and academic integrity, whether you teach in a face-to-face, Hy-flex, or fully online classroom. Other sessions in the series include:

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 11:00-12:00: 
Academic Integrity and Summative Tests and Exams (Register Here)

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11:00-12:00:

Academic Integrity and Group Work (Register Here)

Co-hosted by the Teaching Commons instructor and Angela Clark, Academic Integrity SpecialistOnline workshop
Thursday, October 19, 10:00 - 11:00 amDesigning Assessments with Academic Honesty in Mind

How can the design of assessments support and connect with values of academic honesty (ICAI, 2021)? (for instructors)

There are increasing conversations and research about relationships between assessment design and supporting academic honesty. This session will revisit some central foundations of assessment design, such as links to learning outcomes and building relevant and authentic assessments, as opportunities to connect with learners around academic honesty.

The goal of this session will be to sample findings from current conversations and explore simple but impactful ways to support academic integrity through assessment redesign. Small changes can have big impacts. Designing assessments that are relevant to learners can offer opportunities to share why learning is being assessed in the chosen format. Keeping academic in mind can be simple: one way to start is to speak about it regularly throughout a course, and especially before and after assessments.

Some topics that will be covered include: Can assessments be designed to tackle or replicate a common problem in your discipline or field? How can assessments ask learners to connect with and share prior knowledge or experiences? Are assignment expectations clear about the use of generative AI? Are there opportunities for students to collaborate or provide feedback on assessments?
Mary Chaktsiris, PhD Associate Director, Program Evaluation and Pedagogical Design, LA&PS

Michelle Smith, Learning Innovation Specialist, LA&PS
Online workshop

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Week 4: October 23 - October 27

Date & TimeSession Title and DescriptionSpeaker(s) Registration
Tuesday, October 24, 10:00-11:00 amCreating Access in an AI World: Adapting a Large Undergraduate Foundations Course for Artificial Intelligence and Academic Integrity (for instructors)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools are being used for teaching and research in ways that are generative for students learning. However, many responses to AI have been ableist, racist and rooted in surveillance. In this presentation, we will investigate the critical intersections of AI, academic integrity, and disability in the context of an undergraduate Health Studies course. We will take you through an interactive session on adapting course elements to avoid entrenching existing barriers for students and teaching students how to use AI tools in ways that deepen their learning and continue to uphold academic honesty. We ask questions like: How can we co-design/build trustful relations in our classrooms? How can students be supported to exercise academic integrity in a world with AI tools rapidly developing? What supports for TAs need to be embedded to navigate AI? We worked from an educative approach to adapt and integrate AI within the course structure and will share exercises, ideas, tools, and best practices, all rooted in a framework of critical engagement with AI and grappling with the ethical entanglements. We will provide a Google document of resources shared and will encourage others to build upon it; access is created and sustained collectively!
Jessica Vorstermans, Assistant Professor, Critical Disability Studies

Azeezah Jafry, MA Health Policy & Equity
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We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact academicintegrity@yorku.ca.