Education Symposium

ASBMB Education Symposium

Sharing Practice: A Focus on Assessment and Academic Integrity

12:00–16:30 AEST, Tuesday 28 September 2021, Online

The ASBMB Education Symposium ‘Sharing Practice: A Focus on Assessment and Academic Integrity’ was held on 28 September 2021. The Education Symposium provided a platform for biochemistry and molecular biology educators and students to share their insights and experiences to recognise good practice in assessments and to transform the student learning experience as we move forward.

ASBMB Education Symposium 2021 Abstract Booklet (PDF)


Keynote Address #1, Cheating and online learning, was given by Professor Phillip Dawson, Associate Director, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. He leads CRADLE’s research into academic integrity and the security of online assessments. His most recent books are Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World (Routledge, 2021) and Re-Imagining University Assessment in a Digital World (Springer, 2020).

Keynote Address #2, Shifts in student behaviours during COVID-19: impacts of social interaction on academic integrity, was given by Associate Professor Ann Rogerson, Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Business and Law, University of Wollongong.



Nirma Samarawickrema Monash University

Organising Committee

Tracey Kuit University of Wollongong
Matthew Clemson University of Sydney
Maurizio Costabile University of South Australia
Amber Willems-Jones
University of Melbourne


Welcome and Introductions
Nirma Samarawickrema
Roger Daly
Jacqueline Matthews, ASBMB President

Keynote Address #1
Cheating and online learning – Phillip Dawson (MP4 including Welcome and Introductions)

Session 1
Achieving academic integrity (MP4)
Chair: Maurizio Costabile
Avoid a collision with collusion: a course-specific (Cell Biology) module to develop first-year student knowledge of academic integrity – Ann Parkinson
Considerations for online proctored and open-book exams – student and staff perspectives – Matthew Clemson
What used to be academic misconduct is now authentic work-ready assessment – Charles Sevigny

Keynote Address #2
Shifts in student behaviours during COVID-19: impacts of social interaction on academic integrity – Ann Rogerson (MP4)

Session 2: The student perspective
Panel discussion by three undergraduate students relating their perspectives on assessment and academic integrity (MP4)
Chairs: Tracey Kuit and Amber Willems-Jones

Session 3: Agile assessment: enhancing academic skills and academic integrity

Concurrent A (MP4)
Chair: Maurizio Costabile
Individualized online assessments to mitigate cheating – Mano Manoharan
How to conduct group assessments effectively in fully online courses – Nirmani Wijenayake
An individualised peptide assignment for enhanced learning and academic integrity in first-year biochemistry – Christopher Love
Using peer review to support molecular biology student’s reflection on employability skill development, on a large scale – Tracey Kuit

Concurrent B (MP4)
Chair: Amber Willems-Jones
Assessment design as a pandemic response: authenticity, integrity and sustainability of online assessment of biochemistry – Jo-Anne Chuck
On the fly: a rubric balancing the need for speed and provision of feedback – the oral presentation – Alyssa Van Dreumel
Can the problems of online practicals be overcome? Using software to build student troubleshooting and interpretation skills – Jake Chen
Improving academic skills and academic achievement in a diverse student cohort – Lois Balmer


Wrap Up – Nirma Samarawickrema and Tracey Kuit (MP4)