Chief Commissioner outlines academic integrity risks in 2023

TEQSA Chief Commissioner Professor Peter Coaldrake AO has written to all registered higher education providers about academic integrity risks facing the sector in 2023.

In addition to the ongoing threat posed by commercial academic cheating services, Professor Coaldrake reminded Australia’s higher education sector that it needs to be proactive in responding to advancements in generative artificial intelligence (AI).

“Institutions must balance the best way to leverage these potential benefits while mitigating the risk that generative AI presents to academic integrity,” Professor Coaldrake said.

“The power of generative AI tools requires a deep rethink of approaches to teaching and learning and assessment practices and how higher education institutions are ensuring that students have attained the skills and knowledge they need to graduate with their awards.”

To support providers to respond to these risks, TEQSA is developing new resources in partnership with the sector including an online masterclass to deter and detect contract cheating.

TEQSA is also working with Deakin University’s Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning on developing a series of webinars exploring the challenges and opportunities for the sector posed by AI.

More information about the webinars and online masterclass will be shared via TEQSA’s website and social media channels shortly.

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