Who we are
Developing a national academic integrity network was first discussed at the 2019 TEQSA annual conference in Melbourne where, during a lunch break, about 50 academic and professional staff shared their experiences and concerns about managing academic integrity policy and practice in their institutions. Many felt isolated from knowledge of best practice, and saw great benefit in sharing learnings and resources, so that we were not constantly ‘re-inventing the wheel’.
The Network was established by Deakin University in early 2020 and continues to be hosted by Deakin. It has grown to over 800 members in 118 higher education providers in Australia and New Zealand.
What we do
AAIN members use the network for sharing resources, showcasing good practice, seeking advice on academic integrity matters, benchmarking their own operations, and sharing information on academic integrity events, publications and developments (such as lists of contract cheating websites). The Network also hosts webinars itself and distributes information on webinars offered by other key organisations involved in academic integrity practice and research.
A major aspect of this support for the higher education sector is the AAIN Annual Academic Integrity Forum. Our third Forum was held on 22 September 2023 and was open to all staff in higher education institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
Working cooperatively, members are committed to upholding academic integrity within their institutions and across the sector. The Network establishes working groups to respond to particular needs and opportunities. For example, in 2023 we have developed three major documents concerning the impact of generative artificial intelligence tools on higher education: AAIN Generative Artificial Intelligence Guidelines; a Summary of institutional responses to the use of Generative Artificial Intelligence; and a Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the use of generative artificial intelligence in the Australian education system.
AAIN members are steadfast in their commitment to the promotion of academic integrity and fostering students’ academic integrity as an integral part of their learning journey. This commitment to the maintenance of academic integrity is critical to protecting the reputation of the Australian and New Zealand education sectors and the value of a higher education degree within the international arena.
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The Network acknowledges the support of Deakin University in developing and hosting this website.
Acknowledgement to Country
The AAIN recognises the First Peoples of our nations and their ongoing connection to culture and country. We acknowledge First Nations Peoples of our lands as the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Lore Keepers and pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.