A message from the Dean of Teaching and Learning (1)
Earlier this year, I wrote about one of our focus areas for 2019 – formalising quality assurance processes across the Senior Years as we implement the new Senior Curriculum. These processes include:
- a new Assessment and Integrity Policy
- an Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments Policy in line with new requirements published by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)
- an Internal Endorsement Committee to ensure each Senior subject develops quality internal assessment instruments for Units 1 – 4
- progressive feedback for all assessment tasks in SEQTA
- reporting approaches that align with the new QCAA system of using numerical results for marking
- an academic integrity course for students and teachers, written by the QCAA, to promote good scholarship and support teacher professional learning, and
- putting the final touches on our new Pedagogical Framework, which will guide teaching and learning in the Middle and Senior Years; particularly in the new Queensland Certificate of Education.
In terms of academic integrity, all students in Years 8 to 11 have now completed the online course, which guides students through four areas of learning:
- What is academic integrity, and why is it important?
- What is academic misconduct?
- Effective academic practices
- How do I use drafting practices to improve my work?
QCAA has developed this course to help students understand the correct way to approach assessment. It includes advice on how to maintain academic integrity and how students can produce their best work.
The following summary comes from the QCAA website:
Academic integrity requires academic responsibilities to be approached in an honest, moral and ethical way. Schools, teachers, parents/carers and others who support students in their learning — including the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) — have responsibility for promoting and maintaining academic integrity.
Schools promote academic integrity when they:
- emphasise the importance of ethical academic conduct and scholarship
- develop school processes to support sound academic practice
- ensure teachers, students and parents/carers have a clear shared understanding of expectations for academic integrity
- implement programs to improve students’ academic skills
- explicitly teach the use of appropriate processes and materials in academic work, including an understanding of ownership of information, ideas and images
- communicate the consequences and implications of academic misconduct clearly throughout the school community.
When students genuinely demonstrate their learning they achieve results based on their own work and effort. These results may lead to benefits such as certification, employment, university entry or awards.
The QCAA ‘Academic Integrity Course for Students’ Fact Sheet, a link to QCAA Academic Integrity Course, and the School’s Assessment and Integrity Policy can all be found in the Policies page of the Academic Life @ Glennie Google site on the Portal.
Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Dean of Teaching and Learning