#eLearning2017 – Plagiarism Detected: A Practical Guide to Judicious Investigation of Suspected Academic Misconduct

Presenter:

  • Christian Moriarty, Assistant Professor, JD MA, St. Petersburg College

Notes:

  • Law and ethics of academic plagiarism.
    • In loco parentis (of a teacher or other adult responsible for children, in the place of a parent.) is dead, long live procedure!
    • FERPA – disclosure only to school officials with legitimate educational interest.
      • Student papers, assignments, assessments ARE education records.
  • Syllabus language
    • A syllabus is a contract
      • Ensure syllabus is complete and robust as far as all course and campus policies.
      • Consent, consent, consent
      • Signature page of syllabus, confirmation quiz, or other assignment – this confirms their agreement.
    • Standards of proof
      • Arbitrary and capricious (I’m not out to get you…)
      • Preponderance of the evidence (51%)
  • Plagiarism software
    • Highly recommended, not for gotcha, rather use it for teaching and a learning tool.
    • THEY must submit (student needs to take action and not the instructor submitting for them) AND give consent (they maintain ownership of the content).
      • If either of these is not true, you MUST remove identifying information .
      • If student desires not to use, they could be provided with alternative validation methods.
    • Googling parts of the paper is fine
    • HOWEVER: you should not ask for students’ papers that are not in your class, EVEN with consent
  • If plagiarism detected, then institution policies.
    • Get a second opinion
    • Inform administration
    • Set-up “informational”meeting with student preferable in person
      • Do not record, unless granted by student.
      • Be conversational and polite, not accusatory so that student doesn’t start on the defensive.
        • Present paper and ask probing questions
        • Inquire on details of sources
        • Where did you get this information?
        • If student admits, they may not be aware it is cheating, genuinely!
        • Next step is to invoke institutional procedure.
      • Teachable Moment
        • Refer back to syllabus with it’s clear statements of what plagiarism is and what it’s ramifications and punishments are…
        • Use pre-printed form describing the allegation and the punishment – should be complete process including appeal process.
          • If admission or “reasonable” excuse consider lighter punishment.
          • If moving forward, create a paper trail.
  • Recommended for institutions to have a database of students who have plagiarized.
  • Be aware of paper mills and the difficulty in catching them.
  • Use introduction papers/discussion posts at beginning of semester to compare writing style and ability.
  • Use proctoring at least once during the semester (students go to campus testing center, agreed upon remote proctor, proctoring software).

#eLearning2017 – Assessing and Supporting ICT Literacy Skills in Blended and Online Courses

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Presenters:

  • Kristin Heathcock, Librarian, Hillsborough Community College
  • Richard Senker, Assistant Professor and Program Manager, Hillsborough Community College

Notes:

  • ICT literacy is a digital technology, communications tools, and/or networks to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in order to function in a knowledge society.”
  • Information literacy is “Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” 1 Information literacy also is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources.”
  • SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Assessment
    • Students often over-estimate computer competency, internet competency, computer specs, tech in your life, tech usage, tech vocabulary, etc.
  • I believe students have adequate ICT/Information Literacy skills to be successful in a hybrid or online course? It depends… Where do they get or acquire their skills? How do educators help students to increase ICT/Information Literacy skills?
    • Common Issues
      • Tech problems (eg. old computer/internet access)
      • Tech skills
      • Critical thinking
      • Time management
      • Life factors
  • Embedded Librarian
    • Librarian added as a co-instructor to class
    • Provide instructional materials at point of need
    • Communicate with students during research periods in the course
  • LibGuide was created and this was found to be most valuable at the time of need (eg. when their assignment was due)
  • Link was added to the LMS to directly link students to Library resources.
  • The more students used the library module in a course, the better grade students typically received on their research paper.
  • Takeaways:
    • Provide info and resources at the time of need.
    • Purposeful tech and information literacy courses and training for students.
    • Faculty, librarians, and staff support are trained in tech/info literacy.
    • Online training tools (eg. Atomic Learning, Readiness Assessments).
    • AskMe Online! & Ask a Librarian for realtime live chat help.
    • Campus resources (and publisher info if online resource is used) need to be outlined in the syllabus.

#eLearning2017 – Super e-Student Initiative

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  • Breanna Hidalgo, Instructional Design, Pasco-Hernando State College

Notes:

  • Guide to eLearning at PHSC – LMS Orientation Course
  • eLearning Readiness Survey
  • Presentation
  • Academic Technology Department Website
  • Student Support Site
  • LEVEL UP with eLearning: Become a Super eStudent
    • Understanding – What is the difference between traditional, online, and hybrid courses?
    • Preparation – What are the technical requirements for eLearning and what is myPHSC?
    • Readiness – How can you determine if you are ready for eCourses?
    • Participation – How can you be successful in your online course, and what can you expect?
    • Support – Where can you go for help with your courses in myPHSC?
    • Answers – Not sure how to answer these questions? Check out the guide and online readiness survey.
  • Goals: What does it take to be successful in online learning. Increase student success by providing support and access to student support services. Respond to student needs.
  • All students are enrolled automatically into the orientation course built into the LMS.
  • Handouts and business cards were created for students and distributed to advisors as well.
  • Created a mobile app as part of the myPHSC app.
  • An infographic poster is located in the library.
  • A brand was used to deliver consistent messaging.
  • Target lowest 5 retention courses in both redesign and student support targets.
  • Future: Does the readiness survey or orientation course contribute to student success and retention? Require the orientation course for student. Review course evaluations and link back to instructional design and professional development. “Super eFaculty Initiative” including resources (handouts, tip sheets) for becoming a more effective online faculty member. Connect online orientation to general student orientation process at the campus.

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#eLearning2017 – Improving Retention with a SParC

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  • Jamie Ferrazano, Executive Director, Academic Technologies Online Learning and Services, St. Petersburg College

Notes:

St. Petersburg requires all faculty to use the LMS for gradebook and syllabus.

  • SParC – Module on the Course Home Page for Every Course
    • Grade Check – Quick sort of students of 80% or lower. (Can be changed.) Quick check for students at risk. From screen faculty can send an email or text message via “twillio”. Instructors can add a note that other faculty can see. Advisors can also view the notes. Text message are just between the instructor and student.
    • Last Login – Quick link to check last login of students in 5 days. (Can be changed.) Also can send text message (instructor and course are added to each text) or email or add a note. When new notes are added by another instructor, there is an indicator notifying that a message was added. The notifications are reset every semester.
    • Student Persona – Profile that is populated by survey and by the student (study skills, tech, ready to learn, motivation, time management, environment), indicator if the student had repeated the course, students’ schedule is available, registered next semester indicator (is a student signed up for classes yet), advisor information for the student
    • Grade Preview – Allows faculty to review grades with students without risking a student seeing another student’s grades or showing an entire gradebook online.
    • Next steps: How does this tool contribute to campus wide student success and retention?

#eLearning2017 – Can we eliminate remediation? Yes with EdReady…


Presenters:

  • Ahrash Bissell, NROC
  • Ryan Schrenk, EdReady Montana
  • Courtney Peppers-Owen, JSU

Notes:

  • NROC is a non-profit and national k-20 operative.
  • EdReady – Learning platform.
  • HippoCampus – Free resources and online library.
  •  The problem: Student readiness and placement as it relates to prior knowledge. The more prior knowledge the more prepared for college. Typically placement tests give you score, and is this score acceptable for college preparation… the “cut score” is an arbitrary number. It’s really more of a range of numbers.
  • Does a placement test give you the confidence of preparedness? The students in the middle, where most students are, are the most ambiguous.  We can identify the most prepared and least prepared and link those to confidence in preparedness but it’s the middle that is the most important to interpret.
  • How can we identify the gaps in knowledge of students for placement?
  • EdReady – 1) Provides assessments for students, 2) Links students to skills training, 3) Establishes a personalized approach to readiness
  • Jacksonville State University in Alabama is using EdReady. 50% failure rate in Intermediate Algebra, millions lost in tuition, loss of potential career opportunities for students.
  • JSU uses EdReady as a low stakes placement solution/alternative. They have single sign on and score updates sent to Banner. The math curriculum committee worked with EdReady to align and identify topics for STEM and non-STEM math objectives.
  • Once students hit the cut off score, they can then enroll in the for credit course. JSU removed the 098 basic algebra math course and used EdReady to keep the students going without having to take the developmental course.
  • JSU allows freshman to use EdReady on their own as a self-assessment for placement.
  • JSU has found better success and lower dropout withdrawal for students participating in EdReady.
  • University of Montana “What do I want my students to be ready for?”
  • Montana was one of 5 states to pilot EdReady and entered into a 3 year field test.
  • Montana was the first state to adopt EdReady.
  • The benefits of EdReady in Montana include the use of the tool in: upper elementary, middle, and high schools, alternative education, 2 adn 4 year colleges, adult learning centers.
  • Replacing and rethinking the traditional developmental track. The goal is to overcome the “algebra problem” with large number of students never master the fundamental math skill set. The traditional track is not working well for many students.
  • Students use EdReady and then take the written final of an algebra class to be able to move beyond developmental coursework.
  • Complete College America In Montana – Study of results from gateway course completion.
  • More information about Complete College highlights success stories for math placement, guided pathways, remediation, etc.

How can EdReady be used in your institutional developmental and placement programs?

EdReady: Accelerate your path to college and career from The NROC Project on Vimeo.

eLearning2017 – Federal Update: The Anticipated Impact of the Changing Landscape

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Presenters:

  • Russ Poulin, WCET – WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
  • Kenneth Salomon, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Lobbying and Policy
  • Fred Lokken, ITC Member At-Large, Truckee Meadows Community College

Notes:

  • Federal Regulations are about Financial Aid
    • Before 1990’s correspondence, not eligible
    • 1990’s telecommunicated becomes eligible (Liberty University case – ITC played a helpful role with changing the legislation in transition from correspondence to telecommunicated.)
    • 2000’s “50/50 rule” eliminated, “telecommunicated” changes to “distance education”
    • 2000’s and beyond – innovations overwhelm regulations…
    • Innovations and Demographics – the mindset of “sit and get” lecture style…
      • distance, hybrid, online
      • non-standard calendars
      • competency based, personalized, adaptive learning
    • Policies
      • First and Last Day of Attendance
      • Student Identity
        • Financial aid fraud
        • Academic integration
      • Regular and substantive integration
      • State Authorization
  • Impact of the 2016 Federal Election on Higher Education
    • “Make Education Great Again”
    • It’s starting out slowly via the Domestic Policy Council’s Rob Goad and Jason Botel
    • Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos in historic vote with the VP casting a tie-breaking vote.
      • DeVos has specifically mentioned fraud and federal accountability tools (Obama)
      • Recently spoke about community colleges in being nimble and close to business sectors, expand certificate, emphasis on alternatives to traditional 4 year models
    • Jerry Falwell, JR of Liberty University – likely to play a key role.
    • Trump on Higher Education
      • “will make post-secondary options more affordable and accessible through technology enhance delivery models”
      • Unaffordable loan debt
      • Campus administration “bloat”
      • Large university endowments
      • Look to congressional GOP opposition of Obama actions
        • Over-regulation, especially for profit
        • Campus sexual assault enforcement
        • Transgender bathroom access rules
      • Congress
        • Defund Appropriation
        • Repeal: CRA, Approp, HEA
        • Delay: Approp, HEA, Stand Alone
        • Replace: Approp, HEA, Stand Alone
      • Dept of Ed
        • Not Enforce
        • Amend, Repeal, or Replace: New Rulemaking
      • White House
        • 1/30 Fed Reg notice delaying until 3/31 finalized federal rules that have not taken effect
      • HEA – Title 4
        • A top HELP/E&W Priority
        • Likely 2 Year Project
        • Congressional GOP focused on:
          • regulations applicable to all
            • affordability
            • accreditation reform
            • accountability (outcome measures)
            • simplification
            • deregulation
  • Gainful Employment
    • Effects certification programs. It’s too late for Congress to overturn. It’s possible that the penalties could be delayed.
  • State Authorization
    • 2010 it was tied to financial aid, and at the time very few higher ed institutions followed
    • In December 2016 this was finalized and will be enforced in July 2018.
    • SARA
    • It’s possible that the Federal law will go way, but SARA is still valid because each state has regulations that need to be followed.
  • HEOA – Nothing new on proctoring on student identification to combat fraud, and the student that registers for the course is the same one taking the test. Vendors have used this to try to sell their products, but they shouldn’t be as there isn’t a requirement. We have the obligation to research and perform due diligence but currently there is no proctoring requirement.

 

eLearning2017 – Changing Institutional Culture with OER

Presenters:

  • Daniel Carchidi, Associate Director, Academic Technology, University of New Hampshire
  • Catherine Overson, Director, Teaching Learning and Research Services, CEITL
  • April Rau, Instructional Designer

Notes:

  • OER defined by Hewlett.org: “Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”
  • OER Pilot 2015
    • Cable Green came to campus to kick off pilot.
    • Spent $30,500 for faculty stipends
    • About 1,000 students saved $150K.
    • Student outcomes were the same or better. Exam scores were either similar or exceeded exams of previous year.
    • Faculty indicate time and effort were worthwhile
    • Students favored perception of cost savings.
    • Faculty indicated they would continue using OER.
  • OER Support Team
    • Library – Finding and evaluating content, subject support, open licenses.
    • Academic Technology – Instructional design, course integration, technology support.
    • CEITL – Assessing student learning outcomes and faculty satisfaction.
  • Building on Pilot Success
    • Wrote successful $385,350 grant to USNH to support growth of OER at Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, and UNH based on success of UNH pilot. Provide funding for ambassadors for each campus ($2K) of 15 faculty.
    • Target large enrollment courses to rapidly advance OER adoption and cost savings.
    • Build OER awareness and make OER adoption common.
  • Data Gathering and Awareness
    • Developing an institution wide survey based on Babson’s survey.
    • Faculty senate presentation for support.
    • Student leader support.
    • System level awareness and support.
  • Assessments
    • Textbook Savings
      • $131,000 students with 1,000 students savings.
    • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Student Perceptions and Ratings
      • 7 questions (rating scale):
        • easy to access
        • as high in quality as a textbook
        • broader perspective than textbook
        • Overwhelming number of materials
        • Choose OER for quality
        • Choose OER for cost savings
        • Resources helpful to learning
        • Open ended comments: cost savings, quality, technical issues, accessibility, clarity, usefulness, enjoyment
        • “No cost is a big plus”, “Would like all courses to use OER”, “OER same or better compared to textbook”, “Online textbook better aligns with the course”, “Online organization of material for online text can be confusing”, “Now all students have access to all materials”, “Easier to transport on phone or tablet compared to traditional textbooks” (always have their resource with them), “Helped in learning course content”, “Readings were interesting”, “Doing better in classes with OER materials”
        • Student learning outcomes were the same or better based on grades (within about 5 point difference).
    • Faculty Experience (ranking)
      • Technical support
      • Easy to find OERs for my course
      • Comprehensive Quality of OERs available
      • OERs used were up to date
      • Course updates were manageable
      • Student performance better
      • Student engagement better
      • Students’ exposure beyond the classroom
      • Course was enhanced
      • Consider textbook cost as a value to use OER
      • Will continue to use OERs
      • “Support and compensation helped defray cost”, “Students appreciated cost savings”, “Accessibility for DSR was built-in”, “Online textbook crashed before the exam”, “Energized teaching”, “More engagement with material”, “Cost savings”, “Lesson plans modified according to student feedback”, “Students enthusiastic”, “Next time, use a stepped modifications approach, rather than all at once”, “Create my own textbook”
      • OER opens the doors to examine and reshape course design.
      • Collaborating with Instructional Designers and Librarians is important.
      • Remember: Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, Redistribute by David Wiley
    • UNH Faculty Ambassadors – Highlight what UNH faculty are doing with OER.
    • UNH LibGuide
    • Capacity Building and Outreach
      • Instructional staff survey
      • Leadership retreat
      • Promo videos
      • Self-paced course development
      • Conference presentations
      • Campus Speakers (Cable Green)