Contract cheating is causing considerable concern across the education sector. This session shares some recent findings from two large student and staff surveys conducted across several institutions in Australia alongside other research conducted into the industry. It uses these findings to equip academic staff with new information, approaches and strategies to detect and deter contract cheating. It concentrates on how the industry works, who is doing the work, what assessment design can and can’t achieve for us and supports academic staff in designing learning activities with their students to raise awareness about the problem. This session aims to help academic staff identify the specific challenges that contract cheating presents to them in their professional context. They will also be able to explain the difference between detection and deterrence and why both are important. They will also be able to approach the design of learning activities that support constructive conversations with students about contract cheating as a deterrence strategy.
About Associate Professor Cath Ellis (BA Hons, PhD, PFHEA)
Associate Professor Cath Ellis is the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW, Sydney. Previously she worked at the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, UK and the University of Wollongong in Australia. While her background is in Australian and Postcolonial Literature, her current research is in the area of academic integrity with a particular interest in contract cheating.