A part of addressing academic integrity is setting expectations with the class. Having a conversation about expectations around collaboration and resources lets students know what is okay / not okay for your class and your assignments.
The nature of our programs at PACE has the students together every day, from 9 till 4, five days a week. They are going to talk about assignments and how they worked on them. But how far does that go for your assignments? Can students share answers, essays, research with each other? Or can they talk about it but not read each others papers?
Many of our students are new to Canada, and are used to working collectively on assignments. They put their own names on the paper, but the effort to put it together was a group effort. Is that acceptable? My own experience has found a number of papers that sound almost the same because the students read and then paraphrased each other. I’ve taken to being explicit in my instructions that you can talk about the assignment, but not read each other’s paper.
Similarly, what about resources? Many publisher’s case studies are now posted online, along with the answer key. Is it acceptable for students to find and then quote the answer key? Be up front with students about your expectations and set limits.
Speaking to the class about your expectations for the assignment, it’s purpose, and what is allowed will help students to follow the academic integrity rules and stay in your good books.