Instructors, schools implement new academic integrity measures during virtual examination period

April 16, 2020

As schools across the country enter the examination period, many instructors and institutions are instituting new measures to deter cheating in a virtual environment. At the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, for example, honesty declarations, timed multiple-choice questions, and appeals for good faith are being used to promote academic integrity in e-learning exams. The measures do come with downsides, however, as UManitoba Students’ Union president Jakob Sanderson said that some students are upset with the practices that prevent them from browsing through the exam questions. There has also been encouragement for instructors to lessen the weight of finals, reducing the stress that could lead some students to breach academic codes of conduct. "Academic integrity doesn’t just fall on the student;” said Mark Torchia, vice-provost of teaching and learning, “it falls on the instructor to provide the best ways to learn.” Winnipeg Free Press (MB)