Watch James Lang’s talk about how to boost academic integrity in the age of Al

“We can’t just design around AI because it’s futile: it keeps evolving. Assessment needs to be about the whole relationship you have with students: be transparent, explore variety and encourage reflection.”

Dr. James Lang
Author of Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty

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With regards to academic integrity in the age of artificial intelligence, Dr. Lang emphasizes the importance of maintaining a focus on teaching and creating learning, even while being aware of and attending to academic integrity. He believes that teaching strategies and course design strategies should promote learning while maintaining the standards of academic integrity. He also mentions that these principles were the approach he took in his book “Cheating Lessons”.

 

Dr. Lang presents his approach to prioritizing learning in the current moment of higher education. He discusses the importance of varying teaching methods, being transparent about course design and expectations, and promoting reflection among students. He believes that these principles are even more important in the age of AI, as AI can perform tasks quickly, but humans have the opportunity to pause, analyze, and reflect on the process

 

Dr. Lang also discusses a 2023 study where instructors tested six low-effort strategies to reduce academic dishonesty in an introductory programming course (PDF). These strategies included talking about academic integrity at the beginning of the semester, giving a quiz on the topic, allowing students to retract work they had concerns about, reminding students about academic integrity policies throughout the semester, showing tools for success, and reminding students about available help. The study found a significant reduction in similarity scores for assignments after these interventions were implemented.

 

Dr. Lang advocates for a balanced approach to teaching in the age of AI, where the focus remains on learning and academic integrity. He suggests that educators should not shy away from traditional assignments or teaching strategies due to the capabilities of AI, but rather enhance these assignments with reflection and analysis to promote deeper learning.

Free Webinar! “Academic Integrity in the Age of AI”

Higher Learning: How to boost academic integrity in the age of AI. Headshot of James Lang and the Top Hat logo.
 
Dr. James Lang, educator and author of Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, will share course design practices that improve student learning while reducing the incentives to cheat.
 
Dr. Lang posits that the root of academic dishonesty often lies in the pressures embedded within the educational system itself. These pressures inadvertently push students towards cheating. What’s compelling is that the strategies to counteract cheating are not just about enforcing stricter rules. Instead, they align closely with principles that cognitive theorists advocate for enhancing student engagement and learning.
 
This approach is not just theoretical. It’s backed by Dr. Lang’s extensive research and experience in education. By rethinking course design and teaching strategies, educators can significantly reduce the incentives and opportunities for students to cheat.
 
This FREE webinar on Thursday, February 1st at 2 pm EST will go over:
 
  • The common course design practices that lead to academic dishonesty
  • Teaching strategies that reduce the incentive and opportunity to cheat
  • How low stakes assessments build confidence and lead to better study decisions
  • The role transparency and motivation play in promoting academic integrity

About the Speaker

James M. Lang, PhD, is the author of six books, including Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It and Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. He also writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education. A dynamic and highly sought-after public speaker, Lang has delivered conference keynotes and workshops on teaching at more than a hundred colleges, universities, and high schools in the United States and abroad.

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FREE Webinar! AI and Higher Education: Implications for Learning, Curricula, and Institutions

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Few innovations have impacted higher education as deeply and swiftly as artificial intelligence has. Initially viewed simply as a threat to academic integrity, it’s now clear that AI presents far greater challenges—and opportunities. Goldman Sachs has estimated that AI may replace 300 million full-time jobs. This rapid workforce evolution is creating demand for an accompanying evolution of higher education to meet new expectations. During this AAC&U webinar, panelists will discuss the many ways higher education will be affected by artificial intelligence, including how AI will influence instruction, curricula, and institutions. They’ll also suggest paths forward that can help you and your institution succeed in this new era.

Panelists
Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander
Senior Scholar, Georgetown University

Glida Barabino

Gilda A. Barabino
President and Professor, Olin College of Engineering

William J. McKinney

William J. McKinney
Senior Director of Higher Education Initiatives, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Lynn Pasquerella

Lynn Pasquerella
President, AAC&U

Michael Roth

Michael S. Roth
President, Wesleyan University

Moderator
C. Edward Watson

C. Edward Watson
Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director for Open Educational Resources and Digital Innovation, AAC&U

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