As part of my academic work with the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency I delivered a short webinar presentation looking at technology and assessment in light of Covid-19 and the move to online teaching.
The slides considered why academic integrity is still important, the threats posed to academic integrity in the current situation and the associated technological tools available to support education and quality assurance.
You can see the slides I used below (and also on my SlideShare account).
The webinar was well-received and led into an interesting panel discussion. One of the areas that attracted interest was my point that technology is a tool, not a solution. Software designed to identify similarity and detect plagiarism can be useful for helping students to improve their writing and ensuring academic integrity, but the use of such a tool does not mean that documents are all free of plagiarism. There are similar analogies to consider for software designed to ensure the integrity of online exams.
I do think the sector has done well to adapt to supporting students using teaching and assessment modalities that are new to everyone in a very short time period, but this does not mean that we should be complacent. We can use this as an opportunity to innovate and improve the standard of education for all students, whilst still preserving academic integrity.