Gamification of Academic Integrity: Reviewing an Evaluation Tool


  • Zeenath Reza Khan Centre for Academic Integrity in the UAE, University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE
  • Shivadas Sivasubramaniam School of Human Sciences, University of Derby
  • Sandra F. Gomes Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto
  • Sonja Bjelobaba Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, Uppsala University
  • Salim Razi Centre for Academic Integrity, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
  • Lorna Waddington School of History, University of Leeds
  • Laura Ribeiro Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto



academic integrity, Canadian Symposium on Academic Integrity, evaluation, gamification, review


Gamification and game-based learning have been around since 2008 and have become more important by the 2015s. Academics and educators, whether in the educational sector or professional development in the corporate world, recognise the many benefits of either using game-based learning or gamifying learning modules because they bring about greater engagement from participants, allow for knowledge retention and skills acquisition through practice immersion and so on.

The European Network for Academic Integrity formed a working group in 2019 to look at the gamification of “academic integrity” and to support the greater community in this matter. Consisting of multidisciplinary, multinational members, the group actively works towards knowledge building, capacity building and ultimately proposing a multitude of resources that can help educators everywhere in training and raising awareness on academic integrity by means of gamification.

In its first year of formation, the group looked at preliminary stages of developing a gamified module on academic misconduct, particularly contract cheating, having developed a database of possible scenarios from experiences shared by members and during a workshop run at a conference. The group also published a paper on the steps to follow up to the design stage of developing such modules (Khan et al., 2021).

The group is now actively working towards identifying and reviewing existing games and/or gamified modules that are currently being used globally towards teaching, training or raising awareness on academic integrity, integrity values, ethics, morals, and professional codes of conduct. In doing so, the group has identified many rubrics to be used to review games and gamified modules. The initial list of 18 items were proposed based on literature review (All et al., 2014; Stewart, 2015; “Brainpop Educators”, 2015; “California State University”, 2007; Gilliver-Brown & Ballinger; 2017; “Union-Endicott Central School District”, 2021) which followed a period of pilot testing of the identified rubric items by the group members. A virtual meeting among the members then led to revising, rewording, removing, and adding items based on the experience of using the 18 items previously identified. This contributed to the establishment of content validity of the rubric and resulted in a total of 21 items being identified by the group for further testing (see Table 1 below).

Table 1 - Proposed and Intended items making up a rubric to review and assess effectiveness of a game or gamified learning module

Item #

Proposed Item

Intended questions


Relevance to academic integrity

Is there relevance to academic integrity


Problem solving characteristics/ higher level learning skills

Does the game incorporate problem-solving characteristics/ higher level learning skills


Integrated content to game play

Removed as this would only be appropriate at a later stage of development


Knowledge content

Does the game prompt player to think critically about AI


Relation of game content and control to student knowledge and ability

Is game applicable universally (target group)


Usability (user friendliness of instructions)

Are game instructions user friendly


Usability (user friendliness of interface)

Is the interface user friendly


Design and artwork (creativity)

Is the design and artwork attractive


Interactivity of user/ Immersion

Did you enjoy the game


Embedded assessment

Does the game have assessments to test content knowledge



Audio quality


Narrative and Theme

Effectiveness of story telling


Pedagogical Value (goals)

Are the goals of the game clear


Browser/device compatible

Browser/device compatibility


Available languages

Is game available in multiple languages


Supporting material

Quality of supporting material



Is game applicable universally (inter-culture)



Is feedback on player performance suitable


*Possible assessments

Should the game rank players performance


*Scenarios for assessments

Should player ranking be time-based


*Interdisciplinary applicability

Is game applicable universally (inter-discipline)


*Resource needs

Is technical support suitable

items added after the pilot testing

 In this presentation, the group will introduce gamification and game-based learning, the importance of these techniques when it comes to academic integrity and provide an overview of the work done so far. It will also introduce the 21 rubrics that were originally used for developing game-based approaches to teach academic integrity; with the intention to lead a discussion with the audience and collect feedback on the relevance and appropriateness of the items when reviewing games and gamified modules.


All, E. Nunez Castellar, P., & Van Looy, J. (2014). Measuring effectiveness in digital game-based learning: A methodological review. International Journal of Serious Games, 2 (1), 3–20.

Brainpop Educators. (2015). Educational video game evaluation rubric.

California State University. (2007). Educational electronic games rubric.

Gilliver-Brown, K., & Ballinger, D. (2017). ‘The integrity games’: An interactive story education approach to teaching academic integrity. ATLAANZ Journal 2(1), 68-81.

Khan, Z. R., Dyer, J., Bjelobaba, S., Gomes, S. F., Henek Dlabolova, D., Sivasubramaniam, S., Biju, S. M., Hysaj, A., & Harish, P. (2021). Initiating count down - gamification of academic integrity. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 17(6), 1-15.

Stewart, C. (2015). Creating rubrics for evaluating digital educational games. Vancouver Island University Blogs.

Union-Endicott Central School District. (2021). Create-a-game assessment rubric.



How to Cite

Khan, Z. R., Sivasubramaniam, S. ., Gomes, S. F. ., Bjelobaba, S., Razi, S. ., Waddington, L. ., & Ribeiro, L. . (2021). Gamification of Academic Integrity: Reviewing an Evaluation Tool. Canadian Perspectives on Academic Integrity, 4(2), 58–61.



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