Journal Issue Spotlight: Canadian Perspectives on Academic Integrity during Covid-19

The recent issue of Canadian Perspectives on Academic Integrity, an open-access journal you can find here, focused on perspectives and experiences during Covid-19. 

The issue will be helpful to academics and integrity practitioners for many reasons. First, it establishes how common and widespread our challenges and experiences have been during Covid. I found myself nodding in agreement at so many observations about the challenges of maintaining integrity in a heavily online environment, the concerns over proctoring technology, managing the rise of online course-helper/tutoring sites, the desire to provide meaningful integrity-focused faculty development opportunities for instructors, teaching and supporting students in a constant state of uncertainty, and many more points of interest.

However, what was refreshing about this issue are the examples of professionals innovating through those (and all of the year’s other) challenges. Some writers found ways to innovate out of a damaging adversarial dynamic (Wheatley), while others looked to approaches from other cultures to teach about plagiarism (Rovere). One major connecting theme is the degree to which institutions have benefited from increased cooperation and collaboration. It’s an encouraging takeaway in an otherwise disheartening year. 


About the Author
Joseph F. Brown, Ph.D. is the Director of the Academic Integrity Program at Colorado State University and teaches in the CSU Honors Program. Originally an English professor, his published work has appeared in Extrapolation and the Journal of Popular Culture. When he writes publicly, his ideas are his own and should not be construed to be official communication from his employer.