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Library Micro-credentials

The RMIT Library Creds guide explains the content of the Library's Creds and how teachers and lecturers can embed these creds in courses and programs.

About this Cred

Academic Integrity, or the ability to produce work with honesty and fairness, is essential to academic study.

This credential explains the concept of academic integrity and its significance within and beyond university. As part of this Cred, students explore the importance of doing one's own work while also acknowledging how other people's ideas have influenced their thinking and writing.

Access the Academic Integrity Awareness Cred. 

Learning outcomes

This badge demonstrates to future employers that students are able to:

  • acknowledge that the RMIT community has expectations around academic integrity
  • acknowledge that honesty, fairness and respect are values associated with academic integrity
  • are able to recognise academic misconduct and its impact
  • are able to identify appropriate referencing techniques

Assessment

The Final Assessment for this Cred is a multiple-choice quiz (MCQ).This is auto-marked, with no facilitation involved.

The assessment is designed to test the participants' understanding of topics such as: identifying instances of academic integrity and academic misconduct, the relationship between referencing/citation and academic integrity, how to avoid academic misconduct, and what it means to be a part of an academic community.

There is no time limit for the final assessment and students have an unlimited number of attempts. They are required to achieve a score of 100% to earn their badge.

Why embed this Cred?

Academic Integrity is integral to the values of the University. By embedding this Cred, your students will be provided with the information they need to develop a strong understanding of academic integrity. This will help them to enhance their academic skills and reduce the likelihood of them experiencing any difficulties in this area.

This Cred provides information for students about what academic integrity is and why it is important. It also outlines the potential consequences of academic misconduct and gives advice for maintaining integrity in all aspects of their academic lives. Furthermore, the link between referencing and academic integrity is explained, and information about paraphrasing, citation and referencing is provided.

Armed with this knowledge, students will be able to understand what is expected of members of academic communities and maintain integrity in their studies.

Who should do this Cred?

Academic Integrity Awareness introduces fundamental principles of academic conduct and will benefit:

  • any student new to RMIT
  • first-year undergraduates 
  • Vocational Education students
  • Masters students new to RMIT
  • international students new to the Australian academic environment

How will your students benefit?

On completion of this Cred, students will have engaged in activity-based learning and will:

  • understand what academic integrity means in the Australian university context
  • know how to avoid academic misconduct
  • understand how the principles of paraphrasing and referencing relate to academic integrity
  • know which types of materials need to be referenced 

How to embed and align this Cred with course outcomes

You can add a link to the cred in Canvas using an existing assignment page or by creating a dedicated page.

When embedding a cred in Canvas, we recommend the following:

  • Make clear the pass requirements and how many attempts your students can make.
  • Include information on how your students can claim their badge. Include the link to this help document.
  • Explain that students can send you their badge to confirm their completion of the cred.

Aligning this Cred with course outcomes:

  • Use the cred in conjunction with another piece of assessment where correct referencing and paraphrasing is required.
  • Set the cred up as an introductory assessment.
  • Use the cred as a standalone assessment.

Note: Make sure you include your use of the Academic Integrity Awareness Cred in your Course Guide information.

Which Cred should I embed next?

Information Literacy: Key Concepts and Repurposing and Sharing Digital Objects look at finding and using information and online objects ethically and responsibly. These build on the principles introduced in Academic Integrity Awareness.