Employing a digitised curriculum management system to address the risks of contract cheating through continuous course improvement

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Format of the roundtable. The roundtable discussion will focus on current approaches to addressing risks related to contract cheating, identifying assessment modes through business intelligence (BI) reporting and redesigning assessments for assurance of learning. Participants will consider how their curriculum management strategies can mediate risk for academic dishonesty and other issues of poor constructive alignment.
Context/background. Assessment needs to provide an authentic, trustworthy representation of student achievement (Bond & Docky, 2010). The referenced academic essay poses a most salient risk to academic integrity (Brown, 2010). Online “paper mills” remain problematic and largely unresolved in policing compliance. Access to assessment data is necessary to identify and review academic integrity risks. 
Point for debate/focus of the work-in-progress/topic for discussion. A digitised curriculum management system can provide considerable assistance in identifying those courses assessed through traditional methods, placing a university at high risk for contract cheating. Accessing BI provides university administrators instant access to data relating to the threat from non-authentic, traditional assessment tasks. The presentation will then suggest concrete strategies for modifying assessment and exploring the constructive alignment of learning outcomes
more broadly.
Intended outcome. Participants will explore the availability of rich data within their curricular systems to mediate these risks and will be encouraged to explore these options by engaging with colleagues to facilitate a community of practice.
References. Boud, D., Dochy, F, 2010. “Assessment 2020. Seven Propositions for Assessment Reform in Higher Education.” Australian Learning and Teaching Council. www.assessmentfutures.com.
Brown, G. (2010). The Validity of Examination Essays in Higher Education: Issues and Responses. Higher Education Quarterly, 64(3), 276-291.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
EventThe Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 202230 Jun 2022


ConferenceThe Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference
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