Dr. Mark Glynn, Head of the Teaching Enhancement Unit at Dublin City University (DCU), is one of several speakers at this year’s URKUND PEPP-talks (24th August in Stockholm). This is how he summarises his talk “Designing Plagiarism out of Assessment”:
Text matching - carrot or stick approach. Should we assume students are guilty and use the software as a stick or should we assume that they are innocent and use the software to teach them about academic integrity, and proper citation and referencing? This talk will outline 12 principles of academic integrity that we would recommend as an approach to minimise the opportunity for students to plagiarise while at the same time encourage an approach that encourages best practice in terms of assessment.
Mark will also discuss DCU’s approach to proactive and positive assessment and plagiarism as well as share his experience of changing mindsets - not just skillsets - when it comes to assessment and plagiarism.
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.
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!
For the fourth year in a row, URKUND had a stand at SURF’s Onderwijsdagen in Rotterdam’s World Trade Center 7-8 November 2017. We were kept busy by the delegates who were impressed by the quality of our integrations, especially the ones with Canvas and Brightspace/D2L. It was great to see so many familiar faces there and, of course, to have the honour of being next to our friends Xebic again. Thank you to everyone – clients, prospects, partners and the organisers – for making the two days so enjoyable.
“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.