The International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating on 21 October 2020 highlights the threat that contract cheating poses to educational standards. In its an initiative of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), an organisation dedicated to combat cheating, plagiarism, and academic dishonesty in higher education.
Key Issues —
The Covid-19 pandemic has made 2020 one of the most difficult years in memory for students and educators. Essay mills and contract cheating services have ramped up advertising to take advantage of vulnerable students. In light of the move to online teaching, the importance of the fifth International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating is perhaps more important than ever.
The International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating aims to increase awareness in students, teachers at all levels of education, managers, and administrators in universities, colleges, and schools about the threat that contract cheating poses to educational standards globally.
ICAI has highlighted independent research that shows 3.5% of students in higher education admit to using sites on the internet where they pay for academic work to be completed (e.g. essay mills, homework sites, etc).
The International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating includes twenty online webinars from professionals around the world. Further information can be found online at:
A key aim of International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating is to encourage dialogue between higher education providers and students as there is a common belief that the issue of contract cheating needs a higher profile. ICAI says that not talking about the problem will minimize its importance for students and other members of our learning communities.
The issue is important to independent providers that support around 10% of the 1.5 million students in vocational education and training.
Getting Involved —
The ITECA policy team in Canberra receives great advice from members serving on the ITECA Higher Education Reference Group. ITECA Membership - It's a great time to get involved.
Further Information —
If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 1300 421 017. Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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