Teaching & Learning


Detecting contract cheating in online assessment 16 Dec

16 December 2020, 8:00 am–10:00 am

Staff around table

Phill Dawson is a worldwide expert in detecting contract cheating; he’ll be sharing his expertise with us, in this one-off workshop led by UCL Arena Centre.

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Wednesday 16 December 08:00 - 10:00

UCL Arena Centre are delivering this session, which is open to all staff at UCL who create and design assessment.

UCL Connected Learning Live Events

This is part of a series of short live sessions to complement the UCL Connected Learning Essentials Staff Development Course. 

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The shift to emergency remote learning prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it concerns about student cheating.

If students complete their assignments and exams away from us, how can we be sure they completed the work themselves under the conditions we have set?

This presentation focuses on understanding cheating in this new context, and what can be done to address contract cheating, which is the outsourcing of assessed work by students.

About the Speaker

Phillip (Phill) Dawson

Phillip (Phill) Dawson is an associate professor and the Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He leads CRADLE’s work on cheating and academic integrity, with a focus on new technologies and experimental studies. Phill has led some of the first empirical studies into the detection of contract cheating, as well as the effectiveness of approaches like training and authorship analysis software at improving detection rates. His forthcoming book, Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World, will be published by Routledge in November 2020.