Starting the dialogue: promoting information
literacy through academic integrity workshops for faculty
Karen Nicholson and Darlene Canning, McGill
workshop 2 / Wednesday, May 10 / 1:00 - 4:00
This session will offer an overview of a new
initiative by McGill University librarians to promote information literacy
through a series of academic integrity workshops and lunchtime roundtable
discussions for faculty and librarians, offered through the University's
Teaching and Learning Services' unit. While the concept of information literacy
may be less familiar to many faculty members than librarians might like,
academic integrity and plagiarism are issues of major concern for faculty.
Academic integrity workshops and discussions provide a platform for librarians
to open a dialogue with faculty about students' information literacy skills in
familiar terms. Faculty may have false assumptions about their students'
information literacy skills and this may have an impact on students' plagiarism
and academic dishonesty.
The first part of the session will provide an
overview of cheating and plagiarism in higher education in Canada and
elsewhere, strategies to promote academic integrity at the campus and
course-levels, and the specific context at McGill University that brought about
this partnership between the Library and Teaching and Learning Services. In the
second part of the session, participants will have the opportunity to
experience some of the academic integrity workshop activities, including small
group work, case studies and large group discussion. These activities will
stimulate debate about cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and the concept of
intent. Questions about how the issue of academic integrity can be addressed on
campus, the requisite knowledge students and faculty need to promote academic
integrity and avoid plagiarism, and the role of the librarian in promoting
academic integrity will also be explored. Possible strategies for fostering
academic integrity and promoting in formation literacy through librarian-led
workshops and roundtables will be proposed.