Fixes that Fit: Systems Thinking in Academic Integrity


  • Lisa Vogt Red River College
  • Cory Scurr



systems thinking, proactive approach, educative approach, faculty support, Canada, Canadian Symposium on Academic Integrity


Academic misconduct is typically recorded on student files to deter cheating and identify repeat offenders, but how often is this data analyzed to find systemic issues? By collecting student data, Prinsloo and Slade (2017) assert that higher education has a duty to act in creating improved student experiences. Teymouri et al. (2022) propose the use of academic misconduct data to identify gaps in student supports, policy education, and assessment design. This session will apply a systems thinking approach to propose that post-secondary institutions can create institutional responses in support of academic integrity based on findings from collected academic misconduct data. Reallocating the intensive energy required to respond to misconduct toward early education and assessment design benefits both staff and students. Literature supporting a systems thinking approach for effective data use will be discussed, as well as examples from practice at Conestoga College. Attendees will gain frameworks for applying systems thinking and ethical data use, as well as the opportunity for questions and further discussion.

Author Biographies

Lisa Vogt, Red River College

Lisa Vogt is an instructor in the Math, Science and Communication department at Red River College Polytechnic. She is a founding member of the Manitoba Academic Integrity Network and has published and presented on research findings and practitioner experiences in academic integrity. Lisa is currently a student in the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership at Royal Roads University.

Cory Scurr

Cory works at Conestoga College as Manager of the Academic Integrity Office and has been in this role for nearly five years. He leads a team of AI Associates and supports faculty, students, and administrators through numerous academic integrity initiatives. He is also responsible for developing and delivering Conestoga’s Micro-Credential on Academic Integrity.

Cory holds a PhD from Wilfrid Laurier University and has been working in higher education for over a decade where he has developed and delivered a number of courses in both College and University settings.

Finally, Cory has delivered a number of conference presentations provincially, nationally, and internationally, on various academic integrity related topics.


Prinsloo, P., & Slade, S. (2017). An elephant in the learning analytics room: The obligation to act. Proceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference, 46–55.

Teymouri, N., Boisvert, S., John-West, K. (2022). Promotion of Academic Integrity Through a Marketing Lens for Canadian Post-secondary Institutions. In: Eaton, S.E., Christensen Hughes, J. (eds) Academic Integrity in Canada. Ethics and Integrity in Educational Contexts, vol 1. Springer, Cham.




How to Cite

Vogt, L., & Scurr, C. (2023). Fixes that Fit: Systems Thinking in Academic Integrity. Canadian Perspectives on Academic Integrity, 6(1).



Canadian Symposium on Academic Integrity