New Book Coming Soon: Contract Cheating in Higher Education

August 11, 2022
Eaton, Curtis, Clare, Stoesz, Seeland & Rundle cover

We are pleased to share news about our forthcoming book, Contract Cheating in Higher Education: 

Global Perspectives on Theory, Practice, and Policy (Eaton, Curtis, Stoesz, Clare, Rundle, & Seeland, 2022). This volume, published by Palgrave MacMillan, includes twenty chapters from contributors across Australia, North America, and Europe:

  1. Introduction: Contract cheating and introduction to the problem. – Curtis, G. J., Clare, J., Rundle, K., Eaton, S. E., Stoesz, B. M., & Seeland, J.
  2. What can we learn from measuring crime when looking to quantify the prevalence and incidence of contract cheating? – Clare, J., & Rundle, K.
  3. Limitations of contract cheating research. –  Krásničan, V., Foltýnek, T., & Dlabolová, D. H.
  4. Essay mills and contract cheating from a legal point of view. – Draper, M.
  5. Leveraging college copyright ownership against file-sharing and contract cheating websites. – Seeland, J., Eaton, S. E., & Stoesz, B. M.
  6. The encouragement of file sharing behaviours through technology and social media: Impacts on student cheating behaviours and academic piracy. – Rogerson, A. M.
  7. Higher education assessment design. – Sutherland-Smith, W., & Dawson, P.
  8. Critical thinking as an antidote to contract cheating. – Stoesz, B. M., Eaton, S. E., & Seeland, J.
  9. Contract cheating and the Dark Triad traits. – Baran, L., & Jonason, P. K.
  10. Contract cheating: The influence of attitudes and emotions. – Curtis, G. J., & Tindall, I. K.
  11. Applying situational crime prevention techniques to contract cheating. – Clare, J.
  12. Presentation, Properties and Provenance: the three Ps of identifying evidence of contract-cheating in student assignments. – Crockett, R.
  13. “(Im)possible to prove”: Formalising academic judgement evidence in contract cheating cases using bibliographic forensics. – Ellis, C., Rogerson, A. M., House, D., & Murdoch, K.
  14. Aligning academic quality and standards with academic integrity – Glendinning, I.
  15. Addressing contract cheating through staff-student partnerships. – Lancaster, T.
  16. The extortionate cost of contract cheating. – Veeran-Colton, T., Sefcik, L., & Yorke, J.
  17. The rise of contract cheating in graduate education. –  Parnther, C.
  18. Listening to ghosts: A qualitative study of narratives from contract cheating writers from the 1930s onwards. – Eaton, S. E., Stoesz, B. M., & Seeland, J.
  19. Assessment brokering and collaboration: Ghostwriter and student academic literacies. – Thacker, E. J.
  20. Conclusion – Eaton, S. E., Stoesz, B. M., Seeland, J. Curtis, G. J., Clare, J., & Rundle, K. 

The book is scheduled for release in October 2022. We’ll share updates as they become available.

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Coming soon… “Ethics and Integrity in Teacher Education” (Eaton & Khan, eds.)

August 2, 2022
An image with written information about the forthcoming book, "Ethics and Integrity in Teacher Education" edited by Sarah Elaine Eaton and Zeenath Reza Khan

Coming soon… “Ethics and Integrity in Teacher Education” (Eaton & Khan, eds.)

 One of the best things about being on Research and Scholarship Leave (RSL, also known as “sabbatical”) is having time to write and do research. I’m super excited to share that my friend and colleague, Dr. Zeenath Reza Khan, and I have just submitted a manuscript for our edited volume, Ethics and Integrity in Teacher Education.

This book was two years in the making. Zeenath and I are both educators in higher education, but like so many others who work in academic integrity, we often hear that students arrive at post-secondary institutions ill-prepared for what awaits them, including expectations about how to uphold and enact academic integrity. We hear cries of frustration that academic integrity education must start much earlier – and we agree. However, for that to happen, teacher trainees must receive direct and explicit training about how to teach concepts and skills related to academic integrity. If this is not embedded within their pre-service teacher education, the teachers themselves are ill equipped to provide students with this important ethical foundation in K-12 education.

We sought out some of the most highly qualified experts in the world on ethics and integrity for this volume. The result is a specialized team of elite scholars from Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Mexico, Sweden, and the UAE who have contributed chapters on various topics related to how to teach academic integrity and ethics in teacher training programs and in K-12 education.

Here is a “sneak peek” about what to expect…

  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Chapter 01: Ethics in Teacher Training: An Overview – Sarah Elaine Eaton (Canada) and Zeenath Reza Khan (UAE)
  • Chapter 02: Embedding principles related to academic integrity in teacher education in Australia – Ann Rogerson (Australia), Claire Rogerson (Australia), and Tiffani Apps (Australia)
  • Chapter 03: Using Codes of Professional Ethics and Conduct in Teacher Education: Pitfalls and Best Practice – Daniella Forster (Australia) and Bruce Maxwell (Canada)
  • Chapter 04: Preparing Preservice Teachers to Teach Academic Integrity and Ethics – Sonja Bjelobaba (Sweden) and Marita Cronqvist (Sweden)
  • Chapter 05: Ethics education in teacher education: a comparative study of teacher education programs embedding ethics education into teacher education curriculum – Afnan Boutid (UAE) and Stephanie Martin (UAE)
  • Chapter 06:  Starting from a Place of Academic Integrity: Building Trust with Online Students – Astrid Kendrick (Canada)
  • Chapter 07: The Role of Compassion in Academic Integrity Management Processes –  Luis I. Guerrero-Martínez (Mexico), Pablo Ayala-Enríquez (Mexico), and Jean Guerrero-Dib (Mexico)
  • Chapter 08: Formalising Preservice Teacher Training to Work with Parents to Promote Academic Integrity in K-12 Education – Brenda M. Stoesz (Canada)
  • Chapter 09:  Proposing a preservice teacher-training module to manage parental involvement in K-12 assessments – Zeenath Reza Khan (UAE) and Veena Mulani (UAE)
  • Chapter 10: Incorporating Ethics into Everyday Classroom in Science Education – Shivadas D. Sivasubramaniam (UK)
  • Chapter 11:  Educational Integrity in Schools: A Framework for Young Learners – Irene Glendinning (UK)

This book will be part of the Ethics and Integrity in Educational Contexts book series, published by Springer.

We do not yet have an exact date of when the book will be published, but we expect it might be in late 2022 or early 2023. We’ll provide updates on this blog and on social media about the progress of the book.

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Alberta Academic Integrity Week, Oct. 17-21, 2022

June 20, 2022

AB AcInt Week 2022The Alberta Council on Academic Integrity is pleased to announce Academic Integrity Week: October 17-21, 2022.

Here are some ways for educational institutions across the province to get involved:

  • Offer events at your school to promote academic integrity
  • Engage students in conversations about academic integrity
  • Offer skill-building workshops such as citing and referencing workshops
  • Distribute academic integrity swag to students and staff
  • Hold workshops for faculty on topics such as academic misconduct case management
  • Build awareness about the predatory contract cheating industry
  • Connect with your student leaders to plan events and raise awareness
  • Cross-promote workshops and events with other Alberta institutions
  • Join the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating on October 19, 2022

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Marking the 50-year anniversary of an attempt to legislate against contract cheating in Canada

June 14, 2022

The Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) in Canada has launched a new national Committee on Academic Integrity and Contract Cheating (CAICC). With more than 40 members from universities and colleges across Canada, this committee will focus on how to promote academic integrity and take action against term paper mills and other forms of contract cheating.

In my open access book chapter “Contract Cheating in Canada: A Comprehensive Overview”, I provide details of an attempt to legislate against contract cheating. Bill 174 was brought forward in the Ontario provincial legislature by the Hon. Albert Roy on June 14, 1972. I often wonder how different things would be in Canada today if that legislation had passed.

As I was digging into that research, I looked up Albert Roy and found that after he’d left politics, he went on to practice laws and was later appointed as a judge. He appeared to be doing some work for a mediation consultancy firm, so I decided I’d drop him an e-mail to tell him about how important this attempt at legislation was, even if it failed. I never heard back, and I figured he was just busy.

After our book, Academic Integrity in Canada was published, I e-mailed him again to let him know so he could read about how contract cheating in Canada had evolved and what we were doing to take action against it. I never heard back… So a while back, I decided to be cheeky and leave him a voice mail.

Last week on Wednesday when I was attending the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference in Ottawa, my phone rang just before lunch. I answered and lo and behold, it was Albert Roy calling me back! He let me know that he’d never received the e-mails but was glad that I phoned.

During our conversation I asked if he’d like me to send him a copy of the book chapter in which I’d written about contract cheating in Canada, including the legislation he’d proposed. He said yes and proceeded to give me his mailing address. After he’d finished, I said,

“You’re in Ottawa!”

“Yes,” he replied.

“I’m in Ottawa! I’m here from Calgary for a conference on teaching and learning in higher education!”

One thing led to another and with the permission of the conference organizers, I asked Albert if he’d might have time and interest to drop by my session on Friday morning. (Of course, I figured he’d be busy, off doing whatever it is that retired people do…) To my utter surprise and delight, he said yes, he’d be happy to stop by.

So, on Friday morning, just as he’d promised, Albert Roy showed up to the Ottawa conference centre and we had a few minutes to chat before the session and even agreed to offer a few remarks.

A group photo with Janice Miller-Young, Albert Roy, and Sarah Elaine Eaton
Left to right: Janice Miller-Young, Albert Roy, and Sarah Elaine Eaton. Photo taken at the 2022 STLHE conference in Ottawa on 10 June, 2022.

We snapped the photo above just before my presentation started. At the beginning of the session I was introduced by Julia Christensen Hughes, who co-edited Academic Integrity in Canada: An Enduring and Essential Challenge with me.

I went through most of my slides. (By the way, you can download a complete copy of my slides from the conference here.)

When I got to the slide about the proposed legislation, I told everyone in the audience that we had the honour of having Albert Roy with us to share some of his insights. We’d kept it under wraps and it was a surprise for just about everyone.

Albert captivated us with his recollections of being called a “radical” and a “communist” for proposing legislation that would have made term papers illegal and also for proposing other legislation mandating the use of seat belts.

Beatriz Moya, a PhD student studying with me at the University of Calgary took a video of Albert Roy’s remarks and later gave us permission to share it:

This was truly an historic moment for us and Albert Roy left us all feeling energized and inspired.

On June 14, 2022, exactly fifty years to the day after Albert Roy proposed legislation that would have made contract cheating illegal in the province of Ontario, we will have the inaugural meeting of our new national committee on academic integrity and contract cheating. We chose the date of our first meeting for its symbolism weeks before Albert Roy and I had a chance to speak on the phone. Now, this date is even more symbolic as more than 40 committee members will gather to talk about the future of academic integrity in Canada, how to protect it and how to uphold it.

I will be forever grateful to Albert Roy for the work he did as a politician and also for the inspiration he brought us fifty years later as we continue the work.

If you’d like to show your appreciation to Albert Roy for his efforts to legislate against contract cheating, join the thank you card campaign.

Related posts:

New book: Academic Integrity in Canada

Contract Cheating in Canada: Exploring Legislative Options

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Student Academic Integrity: A Handbook for Academic Staff and Teaching Assistants

June 6, 2022

In a few weeks, my secondment to the Taylor Institute of Teaching  and Learning as the Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity, will draw to a close. One of the last projects to wrap up was the faculty handbook on academic integrity and I’m pleased to share it with you as an open access,
downloadable .pdf: Student Academic Integrity: A Handbook for Academic Staff and Teaching Assistants

Excerpt from the Introduction

Front cover: Student Academic Integrity Faculty Handbook

Front cover of the Student Academic Integrity Faculty Handbook, published by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary

This guide is intended for academic staff at the University of Calgary, though it may also be useful to others on campus including graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants (TAs) and students.

The guide begins with background sections that provide an overview of what academic integrity is, roles and responsibilities related to academic integrity, and how to speak the language of integrity. From there, content is organized into broad chronological categories that guide you through academic integrity before the semester starts (when you are planning your courses) and during the semester (when breaches of integrity are most likely to occur), concluding with a look at the end of the semester and beyond. These are not absolute chronological categories and there can be overlap. Breaches of academic integrity (i.e., academic misconduct) can happen at any time, and these breaches can be complex. This guide is not meant to address all possible situations or outcomes, but instead to provide practical support to help you understand what you can do to promote academic integrity and what to do when a case of academic misconduct arises.

A key message woven throughout this guide is that you are not alone when it comes to promoting integrity or addressing academic misconduct. Cases of misconduct are not handled by individual academic staff members or teaching assistants at the University of Calgary. Instead, cases are
investigated and managed by designated individuals within each faculty, usually an associate dean. There are units across campus that can help you promote academic integrity, and that manage alleged or actual breaches of integrity in your classes.

Acknowledgements

I acknowledge folks by name who provided an editorial review of the content at different stages of development. Additionally, I would like to thank Brandi Dickman and Alix Redmond at the Taylor Institute who provided additional leadership and support during the production process, including copy editing,
final layout, and design.

Download a full copy of the guide here.

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