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The webcast will be recorded and a copy will be made available to everyone who has registered.

Associate Professor Tracey Bretag* will share the 8 key findings from the Office for Learning and Teaching funded project, Contract cheating and assessment design: Exploring the connection(www.cheatingandassessment.edu.au):

Contract cheating is a symptom, not the problem

Students ‘share’ their work a lot, and this can lead to cheating

Students primarily outsource their work to people they know

Three factors influence contract cheating: Language other than English (LOTE) status, dissatisfaction with teaching and learning and the perception that there are ‘lots of opportunities to cheat’

Students don’t care about contract cheating, and we’re not talking to them about it

Suspected cases of contract cheating often go unreported and penalties are lenient

Authentic assessment is a good thing to do, but it will not solve the problem of contract cheating

Assessment designs that are less likely to be outsourced are rarely used

*This project is co-led by Tracey Bretag and Rowena Harper at the University of South Australia, with institutional partners University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Griffith University and Swansea University, UK.