I recently joined Robert Clarke in speaking about contract cheating to a room full of academics and people from within the wider Computing industry.
As well as looking at examples of contract cheating and the research involved, the talk also considered some of the implications for student employability.
The presentation took place for the Wolverhampton branch of the British Computer Society. The slides, hosted on SlideShare account for Thomas Lancaster, are included here.
Contractor sites, such as Freelancer.com, are widely used within the Computing industry, both by workers and contractors. It is only when they are used for academic work which is then submitted towards academic qualifications that this becomes unacceptable.
It was interesting to hear the reactions of the wider Computing sector to the research. That is certainly an area for further research, discussion and exploration.