A Decade Of Contract Cheating – Ten Years Of Contract Cheating Keynote Presentation

10 In 10 Contract Cheating Series – Part 9

This is post 9 in a 10 part series looking back at contract cheating over the past 10 years and how what we know about this type of cheating has developed.

Many of my feelings about contract cheating over the past decade have been captured in a keynote presentation I gave at the Western Australia Forum for Contract Cheating, which was held at Curtin University in Perth Australia.

It’s all pleasing to see the messages behind contract cheating being taken seriously and the sheer interest in this presentation was incredible. Participation included many major contract cheating researchers from Australia and the message that contact cheating was not something that we want to see clearly resonated. There was also media interest in the presentation.

I used the keynote presentation to position contract cheating within a wider context, including looking at the similar cheating behaviours that existed before widespread use of the Internet. I also considered the messages that we need to think about in the future world of fair and accountable assessment of academic skills.

You can see the slides for the contract cheating keynote presentation on my SlideShare account. They are also embedded below.

The video recordings from the full forum are available here (including my keynote). There were some really interesting presentations of work in progress, including looks at how to profile students in danger of contract cheating through their marks, the legal issues of contract cheating, how cheating groups had been set up to “defeat” business simulation assignments and even the pre-workshop discussion I gave for Curtin University staff.

You can also see a Storify discussion of the social media discussions around the contract cheating forum here.

Definitely a worthwhile event and hopefully the first of many in that part of the world. Future contract cheating events certainly have my full support.

Take a look here to check out the other parts of the 10 in 10 contract cheating series.

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Article by Thomas Lancaster

I am an experienced Computer Science academic, best known for research work into academic integrity, plagiarism and contract cheating. I have held leadership positions in several universities, with specialty in student recruitment and keen interest in working in partnership with students. Please browse around the blog and the links, and feel free to leave your thoughts.
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