According to the BBC news, “one in seven is paying for university essays.” To combat the booming economy of essay mills, quicker collective action must be taken to raise the standards for academic integrity, which the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) is highly committed to.

Founded back in 1992, ICAI has been helping academic institutions increase integrity, foster communication, evaluate resources, and share advice on how to establish an open and trusting academic community.

The Unicheck team reached out to Teresa Fishman, PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, educator, consultant, and the former Director of ICAI, and asked her about how universities and colleges are facilitating students’ integrity, what teachers can do to discourage cheating, how academic integrity can be achieved in e-learning, and what can inspire students to adopt the mindset of a critical thinker.

Read on to see what she had to say.

Going into the future, data privacy will be a major concern for many of the K-12 and higher education institutions. We’ve touched on the issue in this post, and the 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report has revealed the data collected from 86 countries. As it turned out, education remains almost as vulnerable as healthcare, with 99 of 382 registered incidents that resulted in the data disclosure.

The most popular attacks included web app errors, phishing emails, data privacy infringement, and ransomware.

How can you maximize the impact that your teaching has on students? There’s a clear perception that one should try a different pedagogy that would inspire every student in a class to take up a course and show a high level of involvement. And it’s not a utopian dream.

The key to success lies in identifying students’ talents and their hard and soft skills. This method will help establish a highly immersive experience for everyone, be it an undergraduate or someone earning a doctoral degree.

Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli, Director at Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development, and Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, is recognized for his tremendous contributions to the pedagogy of gifted education.

Our interviewee, Jacqui Murray, is a well-practiced educator with over 30 years of experience, author of the blog “Ask a teacher”, editor of a K-18 technology curriculum, and journalist with a vast portfolio of books and online resources – all about school and tech. She has been talking to us about so-called digital citizenship, safe Internet usage, and critical thinking of the upcoming population of learners.

Jacqui is a real ambassador of digital literacy and claims that in the digital native environment it’s crucial to educate children on safe Internet behavior from day one. We are also discussing the concept of life-long learning and copyright infringement that’s become a new normal. Since the Internet opens access to all sorts of information, it’s vital to not only distinguish neutral and differentiate fake news in your feed but to also use data knowingly.

Read all the details about digital citizenship as a comprehensive approach to teaching safe tech behavior to digital-native life-long learners in this blog post.

Believe it or not, you all keep driving us forward, and this year is no exception.

During 2019, we brought many solid updates to Unicheck, from the Similarity Report renewal to the launch of Modifind and Emma.

With winter holidays approaching quickly, we wanted to recollect on what’s been done. If you’ve missed anything this year, now’s the time for us to get on the same page.

BTW: At the end of this post, you’ll see some our upcoming enhancements. You’re welcome to suggest any additional milestones for 2020 by
filling out a simple survey 😊

Enhancing personal data security measures is never enough. What’s all the fuss about? As it turns out, 35% of the data breaches in education occur due to human error. This is what Verizon, one of the largest telecom companies, has concluded in its 2019 cross-industry report.

Academic institutions have been an attractive target for hackers. Anything from social engineering to phishing emails can eventually expose the names, email addresses, card credentials, intellectual property, etc. of thousands of students and educators.

Doctor Susan Nash is designing and administering online, hybrid, and face-to-face educational programs for energy, technology, and innovation industries.

Her prior experience in the academic field provided her with invaluable expertise and the skills to not only spread education that’s effective but also communicate the value of authentic, self-reflexive learning with her students.

In this interview, we tackle different techniques and ways of pulling students out of the mindset of stealing someone else’s work and into that of personalizing their own learning experience by incorporating their own experience into the paper.