During the week of November 23rd – 27th, 180 representatives from 60 higher educational institutions’ internal education quality assurance centers / their structural counterparts took part in a series of trainings organized under the first component of Academic Integrity and Quality Initiative Project.

Five online sessions, each lasting three hours, were held throughout the week. That makes a total of 15 hours that participants spent in trainings. During the first three sessions participants had a chance to work with and learn from the experience of experts from International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI). During the last two sessions participants worked with Ukrainian experts.

Day 1 of the trainings started with opening remarks from Scott Whitmore, Assistant Cultural Affairs Attache, US Embassy in Ukraine; Ann Domorad, Senior Managing Director, American Councils for International Education; Yarema Bachynsky, Director in Ukraine, American Councils for International Education, and Yana Chapailo, Project Coordinator of Academic Integrity and Quality Initiative.

Session 1 of the trainings was dedicated to introducing the fundamentals of academic integrity to the participants. ICAI exerts, David Rettinger, University of Mary Washington, USA; Tricia Bertram Gallant, UC San Diego, USA; and Amanda McKenzie, University of Waterloo, Canada presented the topic. At the beginning of Session 1 the presenters introduced ICAI’s role, vision and history to the participants. Later on the participants learned about the fundamental values of academic integrity,  the importance of systematic integrity and the idea of academic integrity as a public good.The following three learning blocks of Session 1 were dedicated to the importance of authentic learning; academic integrity as a teaching and learning Issue; and academic misconduct as a “teachable moment”.

During Day 2 Session the participants continued working with ICAI’s experts David Rettinger, Tricia Bertram Gallant, Amanda McKenzie. The first two learning blocks of Session 2 were dedicated to the review of global perspectives and key issues regarding academic integrity and quality assurance. Afterwards the participants had a chance to learn from two case studies –Canada’s experience with academic integrity and quality assurance issues, and Ontario and University of Waterloo’s experience. Following the two case studies the participants learned some of the best practices from ICAI’s experts.

During Day 3 Session David Rettinger, Tricia Bertram Gallant, Amanda McKenzie introduced the Internal Evaluation Toolkit to the participants. The first learning block was dedicated to the topic of institutional self-evaluation of academic integrity. The participants learned about the Academic Integrity Rating System (AIRS) and the structural, procedural and symbolic indicators of institutional self-evaluation. During the following learning block the participants learned about the peculiarities of conducting surveys of students and faculty on issues concerning academic integrity.

Day 4 Session was dedicated to the presentation of Ukrainian Internal Evaluation Toolkit, which had been previously designed by Ukrainian experts as part of Academic Integrity an Quality Initiative Program activities. During the first half of the session Yana Chapailo, Project Coordinator of Academic Integrity and Quality Initiative, introduced the concept of self-evaluation and presented Self-Evaluation Form for universities. The participating universities are to fill out the Form in the course of the following months.

During the second half of the session Yehor Standyi, Project Consultant, Academic Integrity and Quality Initiative, presented Questionnaire on Academic Integrity and Quality for Students and Faculty. A discussion on best practices of launching surveys in Universities took place afterwards. The participating universities are to conduct Students and Faculty Surveys using the Questionnaire presented starting December 1 and up till February 5th.

The last day of trainings was dedicated to the topic of academic integrity in Ukrainian education quality assurance. During the first learning block Sehiy Kvit, Head of National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance, introduced a perspective of National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance on academic integrity as criteria in accreditation. The following learning blocks were dedicated to introducing study-cases of Ukrainian universities on establishing academic integrity culture and practices within their institutions.

Viktor Drozdov, Head of the Department, Coordinator on Academic Integrity, Izmayil State University of Humanities, shared the experience of Izmayil State Humanitarian University in creating a System of Internal Quality Assurance. Olha Bershadska, Head of the Center for Education Quality Assurance, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, shared the experience of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy  in implementing academic integrity in program planning and evaluation.

60 higher educational institutions participating in the trainings were chosen as finalists from among 157 HEIs that applied to participate in the project. The selection process was held in the prior months.

The article was written by Anastasiia Sydoryk, Academic IQ Project Assistant.