Title: Taking Action Against Contract Cheating
Speaker: Dr Thomas Lancaster - Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Contract cheating represents a threat to the integrity of education. An already aggressive contract cheating industry is taking advantage of Covid-19 to market their services to students, many of whom are being taught remotely and risk feeling disconnected from their educators. Taking action against contract cheating and encouraging academic integrity has to be seen as an important goal for all academic institutions looking to protect the value of their awards.
This webinar will highlight the upcoming 5th International Day of Action (DoA) against Contract Cheating, which takes place on 21 October 2020, with details of how individuals and institutions can get involved. The webinar will provide more information about the DoA with examples of the type of activities that can be offered in light of the move to online teaching. It will also highlight online activities available through ICAI on the day, which can be tapped into even where institutions are not taking part. The intention is to continue to raise awareness about contract cheating with students and staff, as well as to publicise the positive interventions that institutions and individuals are making. Time will be available at the end of the webinar for questions and discussion.
Dr Thomas Lancaster is a computer scientist who has been researching academic integrity issues since 2000. He originally completed his PhD developing Natural Language Processing (NLP) methods to detect plagiarism in student work. Since 2006, his main research focus has been on contract cheating, often considered to be the successor to pure plagiarism. Thomas introduced the term contract cheating to the academic community and regularly discusses this topic with students and academics and through the media.