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Exploring The Role Of Indian Workers In The Contract Cheating Market For Essays And Assignments

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These presentation slides discuss the role of workers from India in completing essays and assignments for students through a process of contract cheating. Research related to this specific group of contractors is in its early stages and this initial discussion is released based on media interest and other requests. An example of assignments being requested using a freelancing website is given and the role of Indian workers in that process is explored.

The full video discussion relating to these slides is available at http://thomaslancaster.co.uk/blog and comments are welcome.

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Exploring The Role Of Indian Workers In The Contract Cheating Market For Essays And Assignments

  1. 1. 1#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Exploring The Role Of Indian Workers In The Contract Cheating Market For Essays And Assignments Dr. Thomas Lancaster http://thomaslancaster.co.uk
  2. 2. 2#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Background
  3. 3. 3#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Dr. Thomas Lancaster Computer Science specialist and educational researcher Senior Lecturer in Computing at Birmingham City University Completed PhD thesis on student plagiarism and its detection between 2000 and 2003 Active researcher in plagiarism and contract cheating (with Robert Clarke) since then Recent work has explored contract cheating within health and nursing Recognised by the Higher Education Academy as a Senior Fellow
  4. 4. 4#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Contract Cheating A student pays, or otherwise uses, a third party to complete assessed work for them
  5. 5. 5#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Areas Being Covered The wider interest in contract cheating being supported by workers from India Example of work being outsourced in this way and how the quality of that work can be identified The wider landscape fuelling student cheating in India
  6. 6. 6#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Why Examine Contract Cheating In India?
  7. 7. 7#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Ongoing News Story Since 2006
  8. 8. 8#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk News Coverage In January 2016 Hindustan Times http://www.hindustantimes.com/education/india-key-source-of-contract-cheating-at-uk-varsities/story- T7T1ZojlUgdFxobWjgjRkN.html International Business Times http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/large-numbers-indians-are-helping-british-students-cheat-low-prices-say-experts-1536373
  9. 9. 9#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Key Points From 2016 Stories High level of English language ability available through workers in India Pricing lower than hiring a local UK essay writer, due to the different economy Technical able workforce able to complete Computing assignments Workers who had been educated in the UK have been observed
  10. 10. 10#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Our Research Our research has never focused specifically on India Just an example of one country of this type which students have been observed using (other example countries include Pakistan, Kenya and Nigeria)
  11. 11. 11#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Bids By Workers From India To Complete Assignments
  12. 12. 12#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Freelancer.com Example
  13. 13. 13#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk The Bidders
  14. 14. 14#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Sorted By Country India 3 Kenya 2 Morocco 2 Pakistan 2 Bangladesh 1 Brazil 1 Czech Republic 1 Greece 1 Malaysia 1 Mauritius 1 Serbia 1 Sri Lanka 1 Turkey 1 United States 1 Vietnam 1
  15. 15. 15#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk The Three Bidders
  16. 16. 16#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk The Work By Pradeep 37 completed projects. Almost all academic work.
  17. 17. 17#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk A Potential Warning
  18. 18. 18#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk What May Work From India Be Like? Example from The Guardian (6 May 2008) Required a 2nd year undergraduate History essay Paid under $40 USD Turnitin found about 70% of the text to be identical to a journal article http://www.theguardian.com/education/2008/may/06/highereducation.students
  19. 19. 19#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Does Cheating In India Matter?
  20. 20. 20#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-31960557
  21. 21. 21#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Further Resources
  22. 22. 22#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk For More Information Thomas Lancaster Email: thomas.lancaster@bcu.ac.uk Website: http://thomaslancaster.co.uk LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/thomaslancaster Twitter: @DrLancaster General Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contract_cheating http://contractcheating.com Slides Available At: http://www.slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster
  23. 23. 23#contractcheating http://thomaslancaster.co.uk Contract Cheating Speaking Opportunities Available for keynote presentations, research seminars, British Computer Society talks, teaching and learning festivals and practitioner training. Suggested topics include: Contract cheating Plagiarism prevention and detection Examination cheating and misconduct Cheating within medicine, nursing and health education International students and cheating issues

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