Hello there Thomas! What can the participants expect from your presentation?
I've been research contract cheating, the behaviour where students get a third party to complete their assessments for them, since 2005. We know it's a widespread problem, with 1 in 20 students thought to have outsourced their assessments at least once.
What's been fascinating me recently is the people working behind the scenes driving contract cheating. I've previously looked at the business models keeping essay mills running and now I'm looking at the people right at the end of the food chain, the academic writers.
In my talk, I'm going to share my findings, including examples of the people writing essays for students, the skills they're advertising, the type of assessments they like to complete and the money many of these writers are making. We do need to know much more about the writers and what drives them. This will help us to prevent plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct and to develop assessments that promote academic integrity.
What are you looking forward to the most with URKUND PEPP talks?
The whole speaker line-up is interesting and varied, with presenters from across Europe. As well as keeping up to date with the latest findings on plagiarism, I see the PEPP event as an excellent opportunity for discussion with like-minded practitioners.
I'm very interested in improving university teaching and how we support students with academic writing and those areas are covered by the other speakers. I've also been doing work recently on how to engage students with academic integrity. So much of that goes beyond the student themselves and into their wider community and so I'm really keen to see what Pablo San Roman has been doing.
It should be an excellent event and I'm looking forward to my visit to Stockholm in August.
URKUND is looking forward to kicking off the new academic year with URKUND PEPP-talks. This will be our fourth annual conference on Plagiarism, Ethics, Pedagogy and Practices. This year’s conference will take place in central Stockholm at Spårvagnshallarna.
URKUND PEPP-talks is mainly aimed at universities and colleges but would be of interest to anyone dealing with ethics in education.
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URKUND were very happy to sponsor the Blackboard User Conference at Durham University for the third year running. 2018’s conferences started off well, with a good turnout to our presentation of the new Blackboard Building Block and a lot of interest in putting it through its paces.
We would like, once again, to express our gratitude to Durham University for doing such an excellent job of hosting the conference. We look forward to being there again in 2019!
URKUND attended Online Educa in Berlin on 6th-8th December. The stand was kept busy; lots of users from Denmark and Norway came by and, as many of them are in the process of changing LMS/VLEs, they were interested to see how URKUND works when integrated into another system. URKUND had visitors from all over the world during the conference. OEB was also a great opportunity to say hello to representatives from other systems to discuss existing or proposed integrations.
See you next year!
“We’ve definitely noticed an increasing incidence of plagiarism since URKUND was introduced, and previously there was of course a high level of undetected incidence. It was far too time consuming for the teaching staff to carry out their own plagiarism checks. The automation has led to a bigger haul of perpetrators,” says Joshua Kragh Bruhn, Information specialist at CBS.
“The preventive objective of plagiarism detection is highly significant. When the students become aware of URKUND they are less inclined to seek shortcuts. Trying to cheat the system is ultimately more resource intensive than doing a good job from the start,” says Arshad Hussanee, Learn Online Manager på University of Canberra.
View a sample report of the URKUND analysis.