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1 1 Thomas Lancaster & Robert Clarke School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks Birmingham City University © Lancaster & Clarke 2010 Student Cheating The International Perspective Supporting International Academic Staff and Students

2 2 Traditional View? Plagiarism from international students should be expected 6 Slides On This View

3 China HE Culture Didactic Approach to Learning –Students learn by passive taking of notes Success dependent on representing taught material –From set texts –Mainly examination based –Critical thinking not rewarded 3

4 India HE Culture Curriculum is centrally controlled and static. Much use of older textbooks –Limited access to recent texts and journal articles Teaching focused on information transfer –Geared towards coaching through exams 4

5 Greece HE Culture High participation (60%) and competition for the best places. Based around memorisation of facts –Often using textbooks prepared by the course lecturers 5

6 Just Three ‘Snapshots’ of International HE But there are some common themes… –Do the students realise that reproduction is not the same as expertise? –Are the students willing to approach and interact with their lecturers… and their peers? –Are the students willing (or even able) to criticise their lecturers? –Do the students understand the physical mechanics of writing in an original manner in a foreign language? 6

7 The Lesser Concern? Plagiarism in any form is not acceptable 7 Most institutions already have processes in place to support international students

8 Support Buzzwords Cultural Acclimatisation Language Support Critical Thinking Skills Referencing Proof Reading 8 We must continue the good practice already in place.

9 The Greater Concern? Cheating is Evolving 9 And Internationalisation is at the Forefront

10 10 Raising Questions… Cheating from international students should not be expected But It Is Happening

11 Why Not Just Buy The Degree? 11

12 Examples of Contract Cheating Postgraduate assignments, dissertations and final year projects are commonly posted. Final year undergraduate project 12

13 Newcastle(edu.au) Case 2003 A Malaysian education executive wrote to University of Newcastle officials after foreign students were failed for plagiarism, asking them to review the cases "more generously", an inquiry has been told.... It followed an incident in 2002 when 15 students were given zero marks after a marker discovered "serious" plagiarism, including slabs of essays copied from the internet. He wrote that "if word gets out that it is a very tough course and large numbers of students are failing, then we will have a tough time to recruit students in a highly competitive market". After the then dean of business, Paul Ryder, ordered that the papers be re-marked, all students were passed with marks up to 84 per cent.... The next day, Professor Marimuthu ed Dr Rugimbana saying: "We really appreciate your efforts to sort out the high failure rates... As I have explained to you, it is important that we keep the failure rates as low as possible, without compromising the academic standards, of course.“ Investigated by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/ )http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/

14 14 When Skilled Immigrants Aren't So Skilled From The Independent Australian, Issue No. 13 (Spring 2007): Frankly, cheating is cheating. If a student who aspires to be a professional, particularly one aspiring to work in a Western country such as Australia, and can't recognise the difference between submitting his own original work or plagiarising slabs of text and passing it off as his own, then he shouldn't be rewarded by entry into the profession of his choice. A post-graduate student could hardly be unaware of the ethical difference. The universities talk of counselling students, marking-down their contributions or failing a subject but it is doubtful if few or any students have been stripped of their degrees no matter how blatant their plagiarism. It's all about money rather than academic standards. Even the Federal Education Minister, Julie Bishop, has belatedly got around to warning of the damage plagiarism could do to the reputation of Australian universities. Selected text (my italics) from

15 Toulons, France April 2009 Suspicions of mass fraud rock French universities Prosecutors in Marseilles have launched an investigation into claims that hundreds of Chinese students bribed officials at a university in Toulon to obtain fake diplomas. Other French universities could be involved in the fraud. According to French daily Le Monde, the fraud began in the academic year when a Chinese student, who was struggling to get his diploma, began offering bribes to one of the institute’s employees. The student was subsequently awarded his diploma. The scheme was then extended to the student's friends. According to a source quoted by Le Monde, the fake diplomas cost around €2,700. Last year, one student alone sold close to 300 diplomas. universities-chinese-students-toulon?pop=TRUEhttp://www.france24.com/en/ suspicions-mass-fraud-french- universities-chinese-students-toulon?pop=TRUE

16 “The case of the Purloined Paper” This exam paper was posted onto Rentacoder ahead of the actual exam The exam had been sent by to an overseas franchise college Somehow the student had got hold of a copy Staff in the UK changed the case study used in the exam paper As it was an “open book exam” the student turned up with notes relating to the wrong case study Student was found guilty and excluded from the course Need to ensure that security and integrity measures are carried out in all locations

17 Is Proof-Reading Cheating? This is a German student writing in English. Is a request for proof- reading and correcting cheating? Post-Soviet Political Economy I need somebody to proof read an academic paper, you should correct spelling and grammar mistakes

18 18 Google Translate

19 19 English -> German

20 20 German -> English

21 21 English -> English Translation + Proof Reading = ???

22 Three China Examples Organised cheating on college entrances exams ‘rampant’. –12 year olds catch 2.5 times more cheaters than adults. Fake conferences accept any (paid) paper. Ghostwriting, both for students and for academic publications, is rife –Couple this with the danger of translated text. 22

23 23 A Step Further: Contract Cheating Assignments set in Greek. Work is posted in English to be translated into Greek before submission.

24 24 and concludes

25 25 Trace evidence (in Word file) shows source of assignments posted by this person. Work history shows that requesting work set in Greek has been carried out successfully several times before.

26 26 We Must Address The Pressures on Staff and Students Targets for completion rates High Fees for OS students –Possible disincentive to deal with cheats –Students under pressure to succeed Students may breach visa conditions –If they are failed students –Effect more severe than a home student Gaining qualifications to gain residency points –Particularly postgraduate qualifications –Economic pressures on both student and universities

27 27 International Cheating Is An Issue Any Questions

28 28 References Links to more information on Contract Cheating can be found through the entry on Wikipedia:- This includes links to the HEA workshop in held in March 2008 at BCU and the ASCE workshop held at Oxford Brookes in June School of CTN, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom


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