Join the Michigan Engineering Academic Integrity Town Hall on 9/29

September 23, 2020

Amid the sudden transition to online and hybrid learning, Joanna Millunchick, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Engineering, formed a committee chaired by George Sprague from the Engineering Center for Academic Success to examine issues related to maintaining academic integrity in the remote teaching context. On September 29, the College will host a Town Hall to share recommendations from the committee and discuss different approaches, with specific emphasis on online exams.

The September 29th Town Hall will include three breakout sessions for faculty to hear about tools and resources available to support academic integrity:

  1. Tools for Automatic Generation of Exam Questions
    • Facilitated by Kevin Leach, PhD – Senior Research Fellow, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
  2. Crabster – Infrastructure for Delivering Remote Exams
    • Facilitated by Nicole Hamilton, MBA – Lecturer, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
  3. Canvas Tools & Resources to Support Academic Integrity
    • Facilitated by Pat Hammett, PhD – Director of Faculty Innovations, Nexus; Lecturer, Industrial & Operations Engineering (IOE) and Integrative Systems + Design (ISD)

Pat Hammett, PhD has extensive experience designing and administering remote assessments. He has taught online courses since 2003, including dozens of credit and non-credit courses that utilize Canvas functionality. Dr. Hammett’s Town Hall session will explore tips and strategies for leveraging the platform in a way that supports academic integrity, such as question randomization, timed exams, and incorporating hand-written responses. 

“There is a natural concern among some [online] students that they are at a disadvantage if they do not access external information or collaborate with others,” Dr. Hammett says. “In developing online exams without proctors, my general strategy is to write the test in such a way that addresses this concern, such as offering an open book format where all students have equal access to external sources.” 

“In the Town Hall session, I will discuss strategies to minimize collaboration by making it undesirable.”

To register for the September 29 CoE Academic Integrity Town Hall and select your preferred breakout session, submit this short form by September 25. If you are unable to attend, the presentations will be recorded and shared following the event.


In addition to the Town Hall, here some additional resources to consider as you prepare to design and administer remote assessments:

  • Supporting Academic Integrity: This page offers strategies and resources for supporting academic integrity in a remote environment, including FAQs from faculty. Learn tips for creating a culture of mutual respect and understand what steps you can take if you observe a suspected Honor Code violation.

  • Remote Quizzes & Exams: View recorded training and tutorials on offering remote assessments, along with best practices for exam setup and delivery.

  • Alternative Assessments: This page provides examples of alternative assessment strategies that require original thought, reflection, and application of concepts. Alternative assessments can help reduce concerns about academic integrity while effectively evaluating student success.

  • Remote Assessment Strategies: Put best practices into action by developing your remote assessment strategy. This page offers tips and examples to help you design your assessments, whether it be adjusting the format of a final exam or incorporating alternative assessments.

For additional support, email with questions or request a 1-1 consultation with an Nexus Instructional Designer.

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