Tackling student cheating by reimagining university assessment

In a recent Guardian article, pro Vice-Chancellor for student experience Professor Jon Scott discusses how the increasing availability of academic ghost writing will necessitate a new way for universities to assess their students.

In response to the growing problem that ‘essay mills’ are posing to HE institutions, the article explores one potential solution, “authentic assessments”, which evaluate students’ learning through assessments designed to replicate the types of problems that they are likely to face in the workplace.

Professor Scott said: “Authentic assessments allow the student to experience the tasks and demonstrate the skills that they are likely to require in graduate employment. When well-designed, such assessments can also reduce the marking time for academics.”