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Jan 16, 2024

Episode 146 of The A&P Professor podcast is one of our winter shorts, where I replay interesting segments from previous episodes. In this one, we discuss the importance of academic integrity in the Anatomy & Physiology course. We emphasize the need to incorporate discussions about integrity in the syllabus and course materials and share real-life examples of violations in the healthcare field. We highlight how dishonesty can have serious consequences and discuss strategies for prevention, such as using multiple test versions and unique topics for papers/projects. Providing examples of acceptable practices and discouraging unethical behavior foster a culture of integrity. We invite listeners to contribute their own strategies for promoting academic integrity.

00:00 | Introduction

01:07 | Academic Integrity in Anatomy & Physiology

29:39 | Modeling Professional Integrity

38:34 | Staying Connected


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Guess what? this is one of our winter shorts! Yep, that's right, it's a shorter-than-usual episode in which I present one or two, or maybe three or four, classic, evergreen segments from previous episodes that are remastered, reconstituted, and recycled for your listening and learning pleasure. But mainly it's to give me a break for self-care over the holiday season. We'll be back to our regular programming in late January.


Academic Integrity in Anatomy & Physiology

28.5 minutes

One way to approach “the cheating issue” in our courses is to promote a culture of academic honesty from the start. But how do we do that? Kevin shares some practical tips you can use for a comprehensive approach to creating and maintaining a culture of professional and academic integrity in your A&P courses (or any courses, really). This segment was first heard in Episode 25.

★ Promoting Academic Integrity in Our Course | Episode 25 (the original broadcast of this segment)

★ What the Best College Teachers Do (the Ken Bain book mentioned in this episode)

Syllabus Episodes (includes the syllabus episode mentioned several times in this podcast)

★ Academic Integrity (A special topic page at The A&P Professor website; includes additional information and links to resources)

★ Why be honest? (about academic integrity; for students)

★ Kevin’s Academic Integrity statement (This is a statement I have used in my course syllabi. You are welcome to adapt it according to your own course and institution’s needs. It’s an example to get you thinking about actively promoting honesty.)

★ Kevin’ Academic Integrity Case Study handout/activity (This document is an example of an in-class activity that I use to promote discussion of academic integrity. It’s a handout used for small group discussions. You can adapt it to fit your needs, per the attribution/share-alike license enclosed in the document.)

★ Frank O’Neill @growgraymatter (Turn on your “Frank O’Neill filter.”)

★ Using copyrightable materials in teaching (Some good practical advice from the University of Minnesota Libraries. But ask your own librarians for help. And don’t forget, I’ve got an upcoming episode with an expert!)

Testing as Teaching (this seminar at The A&P Professor website shows you how I use Respondus test editor, one of many available test editors that can also easily produce multiple versions of a test)

★ Caring for Students Helps Them Succeed | Episode 19 (the episode where I focused on “that empathy thing”)

★ Cheating in College: Why Students Do It and What Educators Can Do about It (a book you might find to be helpful)

★ Using Media in Our A&P Course | Advice From Barbara Waxer | Episode 28 (this is that "later" episode mentioned in this segment)

★ The Cheater! Academic Integrity in Remote Learning | TAPP 81

★ Is AI the Beginning or End of Learning? | TAPP 131 addresses issues regarding academic integrity

★ Even MORE Test Answers | Normal Body Temperature? | TAPP 101 includes some discussion of academic integrity

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Note that this segment was produced years before ChatGPT and similar chatbots existed. But the principles remain the same.

★ Is AI the Beginning or End of Learning? | TAPP 131 (an episode produced just as ChatGPT was rolling out and being discovered by students)

★ Can I use AI for my assignment? (example snippet from an integrity handout I used in a graduate program for training anatomy & physiology faculty that specifically address the use of AI tools)

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Anatomy of Trust: Promoting Integrity in A&P Education | Winter Shorts | TAPP 146 

Modeling Professional Integrity

9.5 minutes

Greg Crowther, whose song was featured in episode 25, calls in with an important point about modeling professional integrity for students: we should always cite the work of others. Yikes, look at the trouble that MIT and other elite universities are having right now! Whether we are using material legally is a separate issue. If we tell students they are plagiarizing if they don’t cite others’ works, then we are hypocrites if we don’t model that behavior ourselves. This segment was first heard in Episode 26.

Kevin mentions some other benefits of consistently citing the work we use in our courses.

★ Modeling Professional Integrity | Episode 26 (the original broadcast of this episode)

★ The HAPI graduate program in which Kevin teaches

★  Using Media in Our A&P Course; Advice From Barbara Waxer | Episode 28 (a media expert explains best practices)

★ Billionaire launches plagiarism detection effort against MIT president and all its faculty (article in Science about current issues)

★ Plagiarism problems: What constitutes plagiarism? And do colleges take it seriously? (from the Teaching column in The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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