Contract Cheating in the Context of Covid-19: Five Key Ideas to Consider – Webinar Slides

Epigeum invited me to deliver a webinar looking at the particular challenges posed by contract cheating as we deal with the Covid-19 situation. I focused on five key areas, considering particularly how contract cheating services are using Covid-19 to their advantage and encouraging students to buy from them.

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


The session went well with no shortage of questions. It was illuminating to look at the type of advertising being used by the sites, with Covid-19 guarantees offered and all kinds of assurances that the firms were still operating and meeting deadlines.

Epigeum have also released the video, which you can watch here.

Academic Integrity 2020 – Keynote Presentation Slides

I delivered the opening keynote for Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond 2020. The conference was moved online creating an interesting dynamic, but worked very well in the circumstances.

In my presentation, I looked back at the 20 years I’d been working in academic integrity, starting off trying to use technology to detect plagiarism, moving through the current changing situation with Covid-19, finishing by considering the challenges likely to face the sector in the future.

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


The talk was wide ranging, paying credit to many of the researchers who have laid the foundation to contract cheating research and showing how many of the issues we’re looking at now are the same ones we were talking about over a decade ago.

At this time when we’ve moved a lot of assessment online, how will we ensure continued academic integrity and how will we address the contract cheating industry aggressively marketing to vulnerable students? How will we react when students struggle with extortion and blackmail demands? The issues are very real and the threats posed by Artificial Intelligence will only see continued challenges for academic integrity in the future.

Discipline Differences in Contract Cheating – Presentation Slides

Here are the slides I prepared for the International Center for Academic Integrity Conference 2020, which was held in Portland, Oregon.

The presentation focused on why we need to address contract cheating at discipline level and why we need to consider methods other than surveys for deciding what is happening regarding contract cheating.

Unfortunately, for me the presentation was rather a blur, as I heard that my long-term research partner and friend, Robert Clarke, had passed away. I got the news just before delivering the presentation. I’m very grateful to the audience regarding how they received the presentation in what was a very challenging time.

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


Robert Clarke and I have collected data on contract cheating dating back to 2004, so we’ve seen lots of interest in the area since that point, but little change in academic practice. But, at the same time, the companies marketing contract cheating services are very aware about the need to market to different subjects and students and how they need to play a long-term game to develop relationships. We need to adapt to this and continue academic integrity research at all levels.

Contract Cheating – Addressing An International Problem – Presentation Slides

As part of the activity for the 4th International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating being held at Deree, the American College of Greece, I delivered an introductory presentation on contract cheating, designed to help open up the dialogue in Deree.

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


The talk provided a lot of background to contract cheating, discussing why academic integrity is so important and the type of assignments students outsource. I looked at many of the solutions available, including working with students as academic integrity partners. The questions provided a lively discussion and I’m sure the debate continued long after my online contribution ended.

I’m always happy to deliver presentations for other institutions, either in person or over the Internet, so feel free to contact me if that’s of use.

Reducing Contract Cheating – Challenges And Solutions – Presentation Slides

How can we deter and detect contract cheating at all levels within an institution? That was the topic Irene Glendinning and I discussed on a webinar in the run up to the 4th International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating.

Here are the slides we used.


You can also access these slides and those from many of my other presentations on my SlideShare account.

We also looked at the process of detecting and reporting on contract cheating. What are the steps to take to ensure that this process is fair and consistent? Such considerations are important as we try and preserve academic integrity throughout the process.

You can also watch the video recording of the webinar here.

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