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Tackling Academic Misconduct in Higher Education

further & higher education Training

09:15 - 16:15

Wednesday 26 February 2020

DeVere West One, Central London

A December 2019 investigation by the Telegraph has found that occurrences of academic misconduct and cheating have more than doubled at some higher education institutions in the past five years, with universities struggling to cope with the growth of essay mills, contract cheating and more sophisticated forms of collusion.

Higher education institutions are being forced to respond with robust quality assurance processes and the delivery of enhanced procedures designed to prevent, identify and challenge all forms of plagiarism and academic misconduct.

The Department for Education, in partnership with Universities UK and the Quality Assurance Agency has renewed its commitment to tackling essay mills and stamping out all forms of cheating with guidance for the sector and a pledge to ‘beat the cheats’ in collaboration with major online platforms. Yet, companies seeking to sell essays and cheating services still remain a dominant problem on campuses across the sector.

Join this interactive training course to assess how your institution can enhance its approach to preventing academic misconduct and deliver improved procedures which reflect the evolving challenges presented by contract cheating.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explore evolving risks facing universities in identifying and tackling academic misconduct
  • Assess how to enhance your institutional quality assurance strategy to improve prevention
  • Evaluate how to harness evidence-based approaches in overcoming contract cheating and collusion
  • Gain insights on designing and delivering robust procedures across an institution to counter misconduct
Confirmed:

Trainer 

Dr Deborah Rafalin, Associate Dean for Education and Chair of Academic Misconduct, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London

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Dr Deborah Rafalin

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Chair of Academic Misconduct, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London (CONFIRMED)

Dr Deborah Rafalin is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been Chair of Academic Misconduct for the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London for the past 6 years. Additionally, as a Learning Development Fellow, Deborah has focussed on shaping the academic journey of students through strategic programme enhancement and the development of innovative assessment and feedback strategies across City. Deborah is also a Registered Psychologist and Executive Coach who has consulted widely across public, private and third sectors. Her work in Higher Education is informed by this experience and resulting understanding of individuals and complex organisations. Deborah has gained valuable insights into the complex relationships between Academic Integrity, Academic Misconduct, assessment design and student experience, which she brings to her expertise in teaching and learning enhancement.

09:15

Registration


09:45

Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Dr Deborah Rafalin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Chair of Academic Misconduct, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London (CONFIRMED)


10:00

Upholding Academic Integrity in UK HE: Understanding Academic Misconduct

  • The extent of cheating and misconduct in the UK higher education and its effects higher education institutions and wider society
  • Analysing the increase in cheating and misconduct cases at UK universities and beyond
  • Understanding academic integrity and its relationship to academic misconduct
  • Understanding why university students may resort to using cheating and other forms of misconduct

Dr Deborah Rafalin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Chair of Academic Misconduct, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London (CONFIRMED)


10:45

Morning Break


11:00

Preventing Cheating and Misconduct in Higher Education – a Regulatory Update

  • Review regulations and policies that support prevention and tackling the consequences, including a recently launched Higher Education Cheating Services Prohibition Bill
  • Develop codes of conduct and other internal policies and procedures that clearly describe areas of academic misconduct and possible consequences of violations such as a reduced grade, a classification of ‘inadequate’ or other disciplinary actions, ranging up to removal from the university
  • Ensure that students have always clear procedures available on how to appeal their case and explain their behaviour
  • Ensure that additional regulations and controls are not interfering with other work already performed by faculty members and university administration

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (invited)


11:45

The Use of Technology and Innovative Prevention Methods in Preventing Cheating and Misconduct

  • Use of the computer-based plagiarism detection methods and its limitations such as works copied from other languages, and how to detect them
  • Discussing the practicalities of tech such as typing-style verification and speed checks in curbing cheating in e-learning situations
  • Most effective strategies to detect contract cheating and other forms of misconduct
  • Authorship Investigate – creating a digital fingerprint of a writer’s writing style to detect changes over the course of the semester to spot “contract cheating”
  • Make a business case for securing additional financial resources to support misconduct prevention


12:45

Lunch


13:30

Understanding Types of Academic Misconduct

  • The varied forms of academic misconduct, including contract cheating, plagiarism, cheating during exams and collusion
  • Possible academic misconduct during exams and tests including assignments shared or sold before the exams
  • The challenges of detection

Dr Deborah Rafalin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Chair of Academic Misconduct, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London (CONFIRMED)


14:15

Afternoon Break


14:30

Designing Effective Strategies to Reduce Cheating and Academic Misconduct

  • Spreading awareness of academic integrity and the consequences of misconduct
  • Group-work versus collusion – Ensuring students understand the difference
  • Reducing the need and opportunity for academic misconduct through assessment design, teaching and learning, and institutional practices
  • Evidence-based approaches to tackling essay-mills and contract cheating
  • The critical role of the student-teacher relationship in student support

Dr Deborah Rafalin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Chair of Academic Misconduct, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London (CONFIRMED)


16:00

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

*Programme subject to change


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