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About this Masterclass

Contract cheating is causing considerable concern across the education sector. This workshop shares some recent findings from two large student and staff surveys conducted across several institutions in Australia. It uses the findings from these surveys to equip academic staff with new approaches and strategies to detect and deter contract cheating. It concentrates on what assessment design can and can’t achieve for us and supports academic staff in designing learning activities with their students to raise awareness about the problem.

Benefits of attending

At the completion of this Masterclass, participants will be able to identify the specific challenges that contract cheating presents to them in their professional context. They will also be able to explain the difference between detection and deterrence and why both are important. They will also be able to design learning activities that support constructive conversations with students about contract cheating as a deterrence strategy.


Associate Professor Cath Ellis is the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW, Sydney. Previously she worked at the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, UK and the University of Wollongong in Australia. While her background is in Australian and Postcolonial Literature, her current research is in the area of academic integrity with a particular interest in contract cheating.

About ITaLI Teaching Masterclass Series

The ITaLI Teaching Masterclass Series provides a venue for inspirational and successful teachers to share effective approaches and best practices for teaching. Each Masterclass aims to assist attendees in learning tangible, practical skills that help them build on their existing expertise to excel in teaching for 21st-century students. If you have any suggestions or feedback on how we can improve the series, please contact us using this feedback form or email Dr Hassan Khosravi.

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