An estimated one in ten Australian tertiary students have paid a so-called contract cheating service to do their work for them. What most don’t think about is the risk of being blackmailed later.
AI systems may soon be able to generate texts that can pass for human work. Such technology has many positives, but could also result in widespread generation of false texts (including fake news).
AI-powered text generators are becoming increasingly easy to access. Rather than banning their use by students, educators should think about incorporating such tools into their curriculums.
New research shows the relationship between contract cheating and assessment design is not simply cause and effect.
Authentic assessment is perceived as being harder to outsource, and has been adopted by many Australian university teachers. But that doesn’t mean students won’t still cheat on them.
The proof is in the pudding.
Students, don’t turn to essay mills, just learn to write a better paper.
Changes to student assessment can help to reduce the potential for academic misconduct.
Some university students pay for their essays, assignments and even dissertations to be written via paper mills.
Managing the newest form of academic deceit will require hard work from established academia and a renewed commitment to integrity from university communities.
Maybe I could pay somebody else to do it.
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The contract cheating business is booming. What tips students over the edge to pay somebody else to do their work?
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