My first research presentation in the United States in 18 years took place as part of the International Center For Academic Integrity conference 2019. Held in New Orleans, I discussed “jazzing up” academic integrity, being far from the only conference presenter to include a local reference.
The talk focused on my recent work showing the low-cost (and free) providers of contract cheating services to students. Really, this isn’t all that new, as even the earliest studies of contract cheating agency websites I conducted with Robert Clarke showed that students could connect directly with providers for low-cost solutions. The Gig Economy just brings that finding into the mainstream.
The slides I used are available on my SlideShare account. They are also included below.
This was one of my favourite presentations to give, thanks to a highly receptive audience in the United States who are just starting to come around to the idea of contract cheating being a problem there. Someone asked after they could buy the book on Slide 22, but it is a fake book, designed to just show what is easily possible.
Contract cheating did turn out to be one of the major themes of the conference, with presentations showing different levels of maturity of understanding of the global problem.
Here’s a photo from the start of the presentation. Thanks to Sarah Eaton for capturing it.