Combating Contract Cheating and Commissioning Student Workshop

As part of a recent visit to the University of Northampton, I delivered a workshop to students aimed at raising awareness about contract cheating.

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

There has been a lot of work in the contract cheating field recently aimed at getting students on board. Many students feel very strongly when they know other people are cheating. I’ve worked with the Student Unions at Coventry University and Staffordshire University to hold events. The activities at University of Northampton are part of the wider work to move the partnerships with students further forward.

I’d encourage more Student Unions and individual students to get involved with the movement against contract cheating. Feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance with this.

Plagiarism and Contract Cheating in Higher Education

Although I’m beginning to feel that more academics understand plagiarism, contract cheating and their importance, my viewpoint is often skewed by the community I’m in and the countries in which I work. It’s also becoming clear to me that there are other countries where these problems are much less understand.

I delivered a staff development workshop covering both plagiarism and contract cheating to representatives of the University of Montenegro.

You can see the slides for the workshop on my SlideShare account. They are also embedded below.

The audience for this workshop was particularly interested in academic research, so I’ve included a number of examples of continuing research problems and areas where there are opportunities for researchers to become involved. The problems within the plagiarism and contract cheating fields are far from solved and there continue to be excellent opportunities to apply new technologies and artificial intelligence solutions here.

Academic Integrity – What Does This Term Mean For Students?

Here are the slides for a workshop on academic integrity that I gave to students at the University of Montenegro.

You can see the slides for the workshop on my SlideShare account. They are also embedded below.

The session focused on why academic integrity is important for students with a number of examples included of areas that would not be considered to represent this. One of the areas that’s emerged from my research into cheating in South East Europe as particularly important is exam cheating, so several examples relating to this were included.

I do feel that it’s important to have frank discussions with students about unacceptable behaviour and to raise awareness about why academic integrity is important. It’s already important to many students and sessions like this help to get other students on board.

Contract Cheating – Striving For Integrity

This post contains the slides from a staff development workshop on contract cheating that I presented at Curtin University in Australia.

You can see the slides for the workshop on my SlideShare account. They are also embedded below.

Australia continues to be at the forefront of much of the work to formally combat contract cheating, so this was a particularly interesting workshop for me to deliver.

The slides contain several examples of particular interest to the Australian audience, including of the media coverage and also of the types of assignments that students in Australian universities are cheating on.

As is often the case with these presentations, the slides cover many academic disciplines, but examples relating to Business are particularly prevalent (and perhaps easier for contract cheating detectives to spot).

Student Plagiarism – What Is It? And What Should We, As Academics, Do About It?

The workshop for which the slides are included below was particularly interesting for me, as it was the first workshop for some time that I’d delivered focusing on the issue of student plagiarism, rather than the much more specific problem of contract cheating.

You can see the slides for the plagiarism workshop on my SlideShare account. They are also embedded below.

To me, this is an important reminder that there are many staff who need advice about how to design plagiarism opportunities out of their assessments. This seems to be particularly the case for new staff who are just entering the lecturer ranks.

Much of the good practice recommendations for setting assessments that make plagiarism difficult also hold for contract cheating. It continues to be important for staff to set fresh assignments every time to remove the temptation for students to cheat, yet some staff still do not seem to be doing this. But staff should also be aware about how easy it would be for students to outsource some types of assignments.

We will continue to need workshops on plagiarism prevention, contract cheating and all types of academic integrity.

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