Student Identity Verified Assessment
A Collection of Assessment Case studies
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.
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.
The following set of presentation slides will help you to facilitate your own student identity verified assessment workshops with colleagues.
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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
Case Study Five
Individual Oral Presentation
Case Study Six
Case Study Seven
on a Text
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 http://www.apfei.edu.au/student-identify-verified-assessment/
Slade, C, Rowland, S & McGrath, D (2016) Addressing Student Dishonesty in Assessment, Report for the UQ Assessment Sub-Committee, The University of Queensland. Available: http://itali.uq.edu.au/filething/get/6341/Slade_Rowland_McGrath_Student_Dishonesty_Assessment_July_2016.pdf