Materials Added

In order to bring up to date, I’ve gone through and added copies of the slides from all the talks in this area in 2013, as well as details of the main papers we’ve published in this area. There are some papers by other authors which need to work through and add the details of.

One area we’ve been doing a lot of recently is delivering talks and research seminars on contract cheating. These can be aimed at particular audiences; for instance, we’ve delivered for particular academic disciplines and types of institutions, as well as lighter talks for academic institutions like the British Computer Society. We can aim these at academics, or aim those at people who set university policies which include student cheating and plagiarism. These sessions are always well received, can get very lively and can easily have discussions and activities included. If you are interested in us speaking for your particular area, just let us know.

Contract Cheating Goes Beyond Essays And Programs

Initially, when we first started looking at contract cheating, the type of requests made by students to get work completed for them invariably fell within two categories.

Either, they were the standard type of essay, created using an essay mill or auction site.

Or, they were some kind of Computing related assignment, usually programming. Presumably, this was because the main types of auction sites used were particularly geared towards this cheating activity.

But, the world of contract cheating has moved on.

Today’s students are much more sophisticated and they know other ways to use these tools to their advantage.

For instance, it’s very easy to go out and to get someone to prepare a presentation for you. That includes all the slides that you need to give the presentation, ready to go. A script can also be provided.

That’s a ready made service offered now by different essay companies.

There are also larger assignments submitted in stages. The kind of thing where a student has to supply an outline, then a draft, then a final version.

These are easy to fool. Just hire someone to work with you all the way throughout that assignment process. Get them to write the outline, the draft and the final version and then pass the feedback after each stage back to the hired writer.

That kind of thing is particularly crucial where a Final Year Project or Dissertation is involved, which can be considered just like a very large assignment, submitted in stages.

The academic world needs to be smarter with the type of assignments that are set to students and the ways in which these are made contract cheating proof.