Sixth Annual ICAI Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Feb. 3-4, 2021, Virtual

Reimagining Academic Integrity in a Moment of Rapid Change

Call for Proposals

The ICAI is now accepting proposals for its Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, which will take place virtually February 3-4, 2021. The theme of the 2021 conference is Reimagining Academic Integrity in a Moment of Rapid Change. For many institutions, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted not just the educational landscape but also how relationships and actions take shape within this landscape. Moreover, continuing patterns of racialized violence and inequities in educational access, preparation, and experiences urge us to scrutinize notions of justice and fairness that are so often at the core of academic integrity efforts at our institutions.

What does promoting a culture of academic integrity look like in this current landscape? How, in these changed times, does academic integrity connect to the larger world and to students’ future endeavors? How might the current moment shift the way we think about academic integrity as much as what we do to try and promote academic integrity? What might we learn from institutions that are well versed in promoting academic integrity in online modalities?

This call invites proposals for brief presentations, workshops, and panel discussions related to this theme. We are especially interested in proposals that demonstrate how institutions, units, and groups have been reflective about their academic integrity practices considering current realities. We are also interested in proposals that represent collaborations across institutions, units, and groups, particularly those involving students and faculty. Finally, we are interested in proposals that critically examine the relationship between academic integrity efforts and the larger values of our higher education institutions.

There are three main session types plus an “unconference” option where participants can propose a different type of session (e.g., a feedback session on policy statements). The lightning talks, panels, and workshops will be moderated, and we ask applicants to stay within the planned time allowances. The session types are:

  • “Lightning” talks: 10-minute talk + 5-minute Q&A, clustered by theme or topic. Propose one talk and we’ll match you with others or propose a set of four related 10-minute talks.
  • Panels: 45-minute panels with 3-4 panelists speaking about a particular topic, issue, or program. We encourage panels that include individuals representing different roles at your institution. Panelists are asked to leave at least 5 minutes for Q&A at the end of the session.
  • “Birds of a Feather” workshops: 45-minute workshops targeted for specific audiences, such as students, faculty, or administrators.
  • “Unconference” sessions: 45-minute sessions with a format and facilitation of your choice.

As you plan, feel free to reach out to conference hosts at cai@usmd.edu if you have questions about the Call for Proposals or the technology tools that you might wish to employ in your proposed session(s).

The submission deadline is December 1, 2020, with notifications sent out on December 15, 2020.

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Reimagining Academic Integrity in a Moment of Rapid Change will be hosted by the University System of Maryland William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation and the University of Maryland Global Campus. ICAI, the Kirwan Center, and UMGC express thanks to the 2021 conference planning committee for their contributions to the shape and structure of this meeting.

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