The Importance Of Academic Integrity In Higher Education

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A decade of enormous growth and innovation in the field of online learning has had significant impact upon Higher Education by highlighting the issues of Academic Integrity. The Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) defines academic integrity as “a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action.” (REF)
The growth of online learning in higher education has created unique challenges in maintaining academic integrity (Rowe, 2004). Although academic integrity is an issue in general, but different researcher (REF) have realized the problem of ensuring academic integrity in online courses. To maintain academic integrity in online learning has become more challenging because of use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) , potentially decreased interaction among online students and teachers, and faculty may not have adequate expertise to prevent or detect cheating (REF)
• Online learning is entirely depending upon ICT based resources which have provided new avenues for teaching and learning. Accessibility and convenience through these learning
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The development of institutional honor codes evidences the virtue of academic honesty for traditional forms of instruction (REF), and because higher education values academic integrity, no matter what mode of delivery of instruction, that same focus must be given to online courses as well. Moreover, the objective of higher education is not only transmission of knowledge but also strives to produce skilled workforce equipped with sound moral values ((REF)). These moral values are also absorbed by the students through socialization process where students are grown up in the hand of families, society and teachers

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