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Academic integrity serious game: The role of professional values

Laura Creighton
Lecturer (Education) Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Professor Christine Brown Wilson, Dr. Gary Mitchell, Conor Hamilton School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK and Associate Professor Christine Slade, Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation, University of Queensland, Australia
Academic integrity is a fundamental pillar of academia internationally. Dishonest behaviour is of particular concern to degrees that prepare students for professional practice such as nursing. Universities need to take a proactive approach to preparing undergraduate students to balance their university academic workload, alongside other pressures such as work-integrated learning. An educational approach to promoting good academic practice is essential early in programmes of study. This is of relevance to nursing where students enter the workplace in the first year of study. Therefore, this study co-designed and evaluated a serious game with first year students in a Northern Ireland university, that promoted academic integrity in line with disciplinary professional values.
The game enables students to engage with scenarios, quizzes and resources on professionalism, academic offences, study skills and feedback.
The evaluation used a mixed-methods methodology that included a learning questionnaire (MLSQ)(n=233), followed by focus groups (n=39) with first year undergraduate nursing students. The serious academic integrity game significantly improved students’ motivation to learn about academic integrity. Further, students articulated how they were able to make the link between professional values and academic integrity after playing the game.
Discussion starters:
  • This serious game on academic integrity is transferable from the profession of nursing to other disciplines. What would be the benefit of a similar serious game in your discipline?
  • What is the link between professional aspects of your discipline and academic integrity?
  • Would a serious game be a method of education you could use in your discipline/ university? If so, what year group would you use it with?

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