Contract cheating, essay mills, assignment collusion, and academic misconduct are all hot topics of discussion among many, including students, assessors, quality assurance bodies, and the media. This practice paper is about turning the problem on its head and exploring it from the starting point of assessment design. If we view student cheating as an opportunity to review our assessment design, rather than the deficit model of a problem to be tackled with penalties and disciplinary panels, we may have more success. Let us pose the following questions by way of personal professional reflection:
Are you fed up receiving plagiarised work from your students?
Are you frustrated correcting assessments with poor academic writing and referencing?
Would you like students to submit really exciting, quality work to you?
Are you interested in exploring new and interesting ways to assess students...ways that are more efficient and effective?
DCU Teaching Enhancement Unit (TEU) is working on an Erasmus+ funded project to develop a suite of resources which support academics design assessments that reduce the risk of plagiarism and promote academic integrity.
These resources will help you find the answer to these, and many more assessment design related questions. The TEU team would like to share these with you at ICEP 2018. This paper explains the project and outlines the toolkit of resources being developed, in greater detail.