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Tackling Academic Misconduct in Higher Education

further & higher education Training

09:15 - 16:15

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Central London

A recent enquiry by Guardian from freedom of information requests to Russell Group universities shows the number of academic misconduct cases surged by 40%, from 2,640 to 3,721, between the academic years 2014-15 and 2016-17.

With a growing number of more sophisticated forms of cheating being readily available to students, through widespread use of internet resources such as essay mills, detecting and preventing misconduct in higher education became more difficult than ever.

Although contract cheating websites and companies are still able to freely operate within the UK, a recently launched Higher Education Cheating Services Prohibition Bill sets out to make it an offence to provide or advertise cheating services for Higher Education assessments.  In the meantime, the universities must implement effective internal strategies in order to prevent students from cheating.

Join this interactive training course to gain an in-depth knowledge of the types of cheating and academic misconduct and the reasons why students may resort to such practices. Find out how you can reduce the need and opportunity for such practices at your university and design effective intervention strategies.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about academic misconduct, its impact it has on Higher Education and who is most likely to cheat
  • Discover how you can reduce the risk of plagiarism and other forms of student academic misconduct
  • Find out how you can approach tackling contract cheating and essay mill services at your university
  • Design effective internal strategies in your organisation to manage academic misconduct
Confirmed:

Trainer 

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

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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


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.

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