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.
During a research and learning seminar presented at London Metropolitan University, I focused on the technology behind contract cheating and the related issues behind it. A number of examples showing how Computing academics could be involved in creating the software solutions needed to prevent and detect contract cheating were presented.
The slides for talk are available to access online. These can be viewed on my SlideShare account. You can also see the slides embedded below.
There are several examples of interest embedded with the slides, but in particular I looked at a Literature Review assignment produced for the Fake Britain TV programme. I also demonstrated a number of other ways that that a student could have that same assignment produced for them. Since this process involves the creation of original work, it is very hard to detect.
Afterwards the discussion focused on the people producing work for students. It was pointed out that many students do not need to use technology at all to get their work done. There are known groups of individuals working and in and around universities providing original academic assignment writing services, which students hear about through word of mouth.
This development is nothing new and just continues to demonstrate the wide range of personal, social, pedagogical and technical responses needed to reduce contract cheating. Continued vigilance is always necessary.