Student Identity Verified Assessment

Welcome to the Collection of Assessment Case Studies

Contract cheating websites offer students individualised assessment responses written by an anonymous ghost writer for a fee and delivered in a timely manner. These sophisticated website services are a significant threat to academic integrity in higher education and require a comprehensive institutional response (see Slade et al. 2016).  Improving the robustness of assessment design to validate student authorship is one aspect of such a response. While there is no silver bullet solution to address contract cheating, we should be diligent in ensuring that the student who gets credit for an assessment task is actually the one doing the work.

Project History

Dr Christine Slade

susan rowland

A/Prof Susan Rowland

In October 2016 APFEI funded the project ‘Developing Student Identity Verified Assessment: A response to contract cheating’. With these funds, Dr Christine Slade, the project leader, and Associate Prof Susan Rowland, from the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) at The University of Queensland, facilitated two creative design workshops – one in Brisbane at The University of Queensland and the other in Melbourne at Deakin University – in early February 2017. Representatives from fifteen universities collaborated across the workshops to redesign a suite of generic assessment tasks, (other than exams) to improve the verification of student authorship in completing the tasks. This collection of assessment redesign case studies, outlined below, is the output from these workshops.

Workshop Resources

Presentation Slides

The following set of presentation slides will help you to facilitate your own student identity verified assessment workshops with colleagues.

There are two formats available:

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Collection of Assessment Case Studies

The menu of individual case studies allows you to pick and choose the most suitable resources for your context.

Each case includes the:

  • details of the original assessment task,
  • workshop rebuild – with the group’s identified problem areas and corresponding redesign.

Case Study One



Case Study Two

Applying Research to Practice


Case Study Three

Critique of Research Paper


Case Study Four

Group Presentation Case Study

Strategic Management

Case Study Five

Individual Oral Presentation


Case Study Six

Infographic Presentation

Academic Communication

Case Study Seven

on a Text

Social Work

Case Study Eight

Reflective Journal on Work Placement Experience


Case Study Nine

Report on Field Visit Observation


Case Study Ten



How the case studies were developed

The production of the case studies followed this process:

  • At the workshops each table group was given a different generic assessment task by the facilitators.
  • Each group discussed potential problem areas with their assigned task, then reported back to whole group and gained feedback from others.
  • Each group then redesigned the assessment task through the lens of academic integrity.
  • The group then reported back to the whole group and gained feedback for a second time before completing their redesign.
  • The case studies were given to the workshop facilitators who wrote them up into this collection.
  • Each group member was sent the final version of their case for feedback and verification before publication
  • Any final revisions were made by the facilitators and the collection was published.

To cite this collection:

Slade, C. & Rowland, S. (2017) Student identity verified assessment: A collection of assessment case studies. Asia Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity (APFEI). Online at


Slade, C, Rowland, S & McGrath, D (2016) Addressing Student Dishonesty in Assessment, Report for the UQ Assessment Sub-Committee,  The University of Queensland.  Available: