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Murdoch University: Degrading

2020-11-18

doing the ‘academic integrity’ online unit for my university course was a degrading experience.

there were five modules of ten ‘multiple guess’ questions. you were required to select an response from four possible answers for every single question of the unit’s assessment.

the questions and the answers were littered with spelling mistakes and annoying unnatural academic grammar.

a question that was repeated many times was ‘which of these is included in the definition of academic integrity?’ — from which i was required to select four vague single-word responses like ‘fairness’, ‘trust’, ‘responsibility’.

if only learning how to be a good student was so easy!

which of these is academic integrity, johnny??

pepsi!

partial credit!

i had previously completed a masters degree in a humanities major before, but i was still required to complete this unit in order to access my unit results this semester.

many of the learning resources, like videos and click-and-drag activities, had been reused throughout the different modules.

if i am charged for this unit, which i probably will be, i think it will just be another reason why i think i will be deferring for a semester or two, in order to collect myself and get ready for the next round of being treated like human cattle for the meat-grinder that is university life in the 2020s.

it is my assessment that university life in australia is a highly cynical, cruelly punitive, exorbitantly expensive, and—worst of all, not an educational experience at all: it is almost completely made up of busy-work, like this vacuous ‘academic integrity’ unit.

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