New publication on Improving Academic Integrity Through Assessment Design

Our Teaching Enhancement team has just published a new report on improving Academic Integrity developed as part of the European funded “Integrity” project. The report provides a scoping review to investigate how assessment design is being used to promote Academic Integrity and to better understand the types of recommendations being made for using assessment design to support and advance the principles of Academic Integrity.

Academic Integrity

More specifically the review is structured to answer the following questions:

  • What is academic integrity?
  • What is academic dishonesty?
  • Why do students cheat?
  • What are the implications?
  • Why this review?
  • How did we review the literature?
  • What did we find out?
  • What are the main takeaways from the review?
  • What are some of the major gaps?
  • What are the key recommendations?

More resources will come including an entire toolkit for academic staff on the same topic so hopefully this scoping review whet’s your appetite.


Exciting Erasmus+ Project: Update from Kutaisi, Georgia Visit

As reported earlier in the year the Teaching Enhancement Unit (TEU) in the NIDL at Dublin City University (DCU) is excited to be one of four University partners working on an Erasmus+ INTEGRITY project (funded under KA2 strand). The lead partner is Ilia State University, Georgia, in collaboration with 15 other Georgian universities.


The other three partners include University of Roehampton (UK); Uppsala Universiten (Sweden); and Universitaet Wien (Austria). Our specific role in this project is development of a resource toolkit for academics to help them design out opportunities for plagiarism.  This work package includes creating a suite of resources and case studies to support faculty in designing assessments which actively encourage academic integrity. The toolkit can be used either by individual academics as a self regulation and development tool, or by a programme chair/academic developer to lead workshops with a programme team. The resources currently under development and review are:

  1. Literature Review
  2. Best Practice Guide: Principles and Examples
  3. Self Assessment Checklist
  4. Scenarios to prompt discussion
  5. Case Studies

Earlier in the month the team presented the resources at at a four-day INTEGRITY conference in Kutaisi, Georgia. The resources were well received and we are now in a position to further enhance the toolkit. Earlier in the day a brief update on the NTEGRITY project was presented by the TEU team to delegates at this year’s EdTech 2018 conference in Carlow, Ireland. 


The two-year project commenced in October 2017 and we are well on target to have the final toolkit ready for piloting in Spring 2018. Importantly the project outputs and related learnings will be shared and made available to the wider sector under a Creative Commons Licence. Watch this space for further updates.