A new type of hacking puts professors’ accounts at risk

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“A former wrestler at the University of Iowa was arrested last week for his role in a high-tech cheating scheme. The student, Trevor Graves, secretly installed devices called keyloggers onto campus computers and used them to record his professors’ keystrokes. Armed with his instructors’ institutional log-in details, Graves reportedly boosted his grades over 90 times in a 21-month period, in addition to intercepting exam and test questions …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 1 November]

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Universities unite against the academic black market

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“On the TV show Suits, Mike Ross’s character charges a hefty fee to students to take the LSAT (law school admission test) for them. Ross has a stellar memory and a remarkable ability to take tests without getting crushed by stress – he is the perfect ‘contract cheater’. Later, Ross builds a career as a lawyer based on fake credentials, presumably from Harvard …” (more)

[Sarah Elaine Eaton, The Conversation, 16 October]

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Students cheat in ever more creative ways: how can academics stop them?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 12th, 2017 by steve

“I volunteer to sit as a lecturer on our academic misconduct board several times a semester, joining a small panel that decides whether or not students flagged up by their lecturers for cheating have broken the rules. We get a stack of roughly 10 cases, and for two or three hours we pore over them, not only deciding if students are guilty as charged but also what the punishment should be …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 October]

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UCC students under investigation over project cheating fears

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Several University College Cork business information systems (BIS) students are awaiting the outcome of a probe into allegations that they cheated on a final-year project. While more than a dozen are understood to have been subject of an initial complaint, the number being investigated is thought to be significantly less after initial consideration of the matter …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 July]

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UCC withholds some results amid allegations of cheating

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has withheld the results of a number of final-year degree students amid allegations of cheating and breaches of exam procedures. Students from the business information systems course are alleged to have ‘outsourced’ key aspects of a final-year project which involved computer coding, according to college sources …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 July]

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It’s not essay mills that are doing the grinding

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 26th, 2017 by steve

“Notwithstanding the rejection of an amendment to the UK’s Higher Education and Research Bill that would have outlawed ‘cheating services’, political and public concern about essay mills remains at a historic high …” (more)

[Stuart Macdonald, Times Higher Education, 25 May]

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Bruton Announces New Powers for the Higher and Further Education Regulator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New Bill to Tackle Academic Cheating, Establish an International Education Mark. Institutes of Technology to Have Greater Autonomy in Awarding Bachelors and Masters Degrees. The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, has today (Monday) announced that the Government have approved the draft outline of a law which will provide new powers to the Higher and Further Education Regulator, QQI, to improve the quality of our education system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 May]

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More university students are using tech to cheat in exams

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2017 by steve

“A growing number of UK university students are cheating in exams with the help of technological devices such as mobile phones, smart watches and hidden earpieces. Data obtained by the Guardian through freedom of information requests found a 42% rise in cheating cases involving technology over the last four years – from 148 in 2012 to 210 in 2016 …” (more)

[Sarah Marsh, Guardian, 10 April]

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Now a degree is a commodity, no wonder more students are cheating

Posted in Legal issues on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

“It was reported this week that the Department for Education is considering new penalties for students who plagiarise essays. This comes after an investigation by the Times in 2016 found that 50,000 students had been caught cheating on their university degrees in the three years before. Students were paying anywhere between £100 and £6,750 for an essay, and this widespread cheating has led to suggestions that criminal records could be dished out to offenders …” (more)

[Poppy Noor, Guardian, 22 February]

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University students could be fined or handed criminal records for plagiarised essays, new proposals suggest

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 21st, 2017 by steve

“University students who buy essays online face fines and a criminal record under plans to punish plagiarism being considered by the government. For the first time, students caught cheating could be criminalised amid fears that a burgeoning ‘essay mills’ industry is threatening the quality of a British university degree …” (more)

[Harry Yorke, Telegraph, 21 February]

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GMIT issues apology over unsubstantiated exam cheat claims

Posted in Legal issues on October 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has apologised for the ‘hurt’ it caused to staff during an investigation into exam cheating claims, which were not substantiated. Jim Fennell, GMIT Financial Controller, issued the ‘unreserved apology’ to all schools and departments via email last week …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 17 October]

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GMIT faces legal action over unsubstantiated exam cheat claims

Posted in Legal issues on September 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) looks set to be mired in legal controversy over its investigation into unproven allegations of cheating levelled against students. A half-dozen final year Business Studies students were accused of having accessed an examination paper in advance of their end-of-year exams in May …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 23 September]

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GMIT cheating probe puts focus on Facebook post

Posted in Legal issues on September 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“GMIT officials are relying on an alleged Facebook post as the basis of their investigation into the latest cheating scandal to rock the college. College Registrar Michael Hannon has pleaded with students to trawl their Facebook accounts for any evidence and to come forward ahead of a Disciplinary Committee meeting next week …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 2 September]

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GMIT students offered examination resit after cheating allegation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have been given the option of resitting an examination after questions on the paper were allegedly seen in advance by at least one student. Some 124 final-year students of the Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) course are affected …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Essays for sale: a new wave of plagiarism

Posted in Legal issues on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students who use online essay-writing services face sanction if caught. As for the final product, our experiment suggests such work is far from guaranteed to pass …” (more)

[Ronan Smyth, Irish Times, 17 May]

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More than 800 Irish students caught cheating on university exams over the last three years

Posted in Legal issues on May 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Over 800 university students were caught cheating on their exams in the last three years, it has been revealed. University College Dublin (UCD) was the only school to report students were suspended for the behaviour, with none of the seven universities throughout the country reporting a single expulsion …” (more)

[Keeley Ryan and Barry Arnold, Irish Mirror, 2 May]

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Universities catch almost 50,000 student cheats

Posted in Legal issues on January 2nd, 2016 by steve

UK“Nearly 50,000 university students have been caught cheating in the last three years, according to figures which also suggest non-EU scholars are the most likely to commit the offence …” (more)

[Guardian, 2 January]

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An innovative form of cheating emerges in MOOCs

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

USA“What if Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) aren’t actually courses at all? Our research teams at Harvard and MIT have shown over and over again that MOOC students look and act nothing like conventional students of either residential universities or online programs …” (more)

[Andrew Ho, The Conversation, 23 September]

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This Is How Students Cheat in MOOCs

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2015 by steve

USA“Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have identified a way students are cheating to earn credit in MOOCs. The method is the subject of a working paper …” (more)

[Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 August]

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Students get academics to write their essays for €50 an hour

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on April 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A proliferation of online services for third-level students offering ‘pay as you go’ essays has prompted universities to review their policies against plagiarism …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 April]

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