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Contract Cheating and the Assurance of Learning workshop

Thursday, 02 November 2017


A series of recent media scandals have sparked public and sector concerns that Australian university students are increasingly using online essay mills, file-sharing sites, and online contracting platforms to complete their assessment, a phenomenon known as `contract cheating’.

Assessment design is widely promoted as a solution, yet little empirical evidence is available to inform design decisions. This presents key findings from Contract cheating and assessment design: exploring the connection, an OLT-funded Strategic Priority Project, which is exploring the prevalence and nature of contract cheating in Australia and its relationships with assessment design and the teaching and learning environment. The issues of contract cheating and assurance of learning go hand in hand; if universities can’t authenticate that a student has done the work they submitted, learning cannot be assured. Findings from this project will enhance the sector’s understanding of this critical issue, and can be used to inform design decisions that better foster academic integrity in Australian higher education.

This workshop will include discussion about implications of the data from the OLT project for course and assessment design at ECU.

When: 8 November 2017
Where: ECU Joondalup, building 34 
Time: 9.30am - 12pm 
Register: Staff kiosk 

The workshop will be facilitated by: Dr Rowena Harper Associate Director: Curriculum Development and Support, Teaching Innovation Unit President: Association for Academic Language and Learning, University of South Australia.

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Please note when the session is "Closed" for nominations, please email


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