The recent explosion in contract cheating has given the international community of academic integrity scholars pause for thought. ‘Contract cheating’ is not the same as the less sinister and more widely accepted practice of ‘ghostwriting’ and has ramifications for individuals’ learning outcomes, institutional reputations, educational standards/credibility, professional practice and public safety, particularly if it is somehow normalised as an acceptable way for academic work to be accomplished.
The thematic series offers the opportunity for this emerging threat to academic integrity to be explored in-depth, and from multiple perspectives, so that meaningful responses and solutions can be instigated.
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Using Internet based paraphrasing tools: Original work, patchwriting or facilitated plagiarism? Look how Times Higher Education, Retraction Watch and Inside Higher Ed picked up this paper.
Are Essay Mills committing fraud? An analysis of their behaviours vs the 2006 Fraud Act (UK). Mentioned in The Guardian, The Telegraph and the LSE Impact Blog, and also on BBC Radio 4, iNews, The Wave, and South Wales Evening Post.
Exploring the potential of authentic assessment to minimise contract cheating
Students utilising online cheat sites to complete assignments has been identified as a significant problem for institutions. Although ‘authenticity’ has long been recognised as a core feature of good assessment practice, its role in nurturing academic integrity has not yet been adequately explored. Conducted over two years (2016 – 2018), this research project, led by the University of South Australia with other partners, will determine if and how authentic assessment may be used to assure academic integrity. Learn more about this project and keep up with updates and outcomes.
A MOOC on Academic Integrity
A free online course on Academic Integrity has just gone live. The course is created by the University of Auckland and is hosted on the Future Learn platform (Educator: Jason Stephens, University of Auckland, NZ). The course will explore academic integrity and how it can be demonstrated in work, study and research at university. Learn more
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The International Journal for Educational Integrity (IJEI), as a scholarly outlet selected and reviewed in ESCI, has been identified as important to key opinion leaders, funders, and evaluators worldwide. ESCI allows researchers to discover new areas of research in evolving disciplines, as well as relevant interdisciplinary scholarly content across rapidly changing research fields. All articles published in this journal are discoverable via the Web of Science with full citation counts, author information and other enrichment.
"The International Journal for Educational Integrity, now in its 13th year as an open access online journal, is well placed to lead the field in responding to emerging threats to academic integrity. In particular, concerns about contract cheating and ghostwriters have made international headlines. Schools and higher education providers need to collaborate with quality assurance, regulatory and funding bodies, to address this global issue. Authors are encouraged to use the IJEI to publish innovative research that identifies the contexts and causes of contract cheating, and provides evidence-based solutions. I look forward to receiving your submissions.” Tracey Bretag, DEd
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