6 March 2024: The Shape of Cheating to Come

Presenters: Shaun Lehmann and Kane Murdoch, Macquarie University, Australia

Title: The Shape of Cheating to Come

This talk provided a glimpse of how broad and deeply contract cheating has penetrated higher education, and what we can do to turn the tide. We also demonstrated how learning analytics may fail unless we begin to pay attention to “non-learning analytics”, and what this means for future strategic decision making. The team at Macquarie University have developed a tool set called "Wiroo" that uses large data sets to detect potential academic integrity breaches at scale.

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Session Recording

Sources cited in slides (fixed links)

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