Contract Cheating: The State of Research and Practice in 2020

What is the current state of research in the contract cheating field?

I was asked to deliver a guest seminar for the Academic Integrity Policies course taken by PhD candidates at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey. That provided me with the opportunity to overview how the contract cheating research field has developed since 2006 and discuss what I consider to be current research challenges and opportunities in the field in 2020.

You can see the slides I used below (and also on my SlideShare account).


The video recording of the session is also available to watch on YouTube here.

I based the slides on ones I’ve used in my own Academic Integrity in STEMM module, taught to undergraduate students at Imperial College London, but tailored to meet the needs of the Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University audience. I also gave a sneak peak to some of the other research I’m working on. It is good to see modules like this being developed, as there are very few of them in the world.

As the presentation notes, contract cheating research is still in its infancy and care needs to be taken as to how results are interpreted, but there are also many opportunities for new researchers to get involved and to develop local case studies. Most importantly, we need to consider how to promote academic integrity and address contract cheating, as well as how actively incorporate and involve students as partners in this discussion.

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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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