How to identify and deter ghost writing

Challenges of contract cheating at your institution and strategies to combat it

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Instances of contract cheating have increased during the pandemic and even as students return to campus, institutions are facing the reality that this is a growing problem, which won’t easily be resolved despite resuming face-to-face teaching.

Students tempted into dishonesty due to the difficulties of studying remotely along with easy access to agencies providing help with assignments online, are at risk of cheating again. For others, temptation is ever-present. 

Fortunately, for institutions, there are proven and emerging strategies for preventing and identifying academic dishonesty including ghost writing.

Join our expert panel as we discuss the various forms of ghost writing, how to identify instances of contract cheating and how to help students who might be at risk of attempting dishonest submissions.


Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, University of Wollongong, Dubai

Dr Zeenath Reza Khan is the Founding President and Board Member of the UAE Centre for Academic Integrity, Assistant Professor of Cyber Ethics at Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, and Chair of Academic Integrity Committee at University of Wollongong in Dubai. Dr Khan’s research interests are in academic integrity, ethics in IT, teaching and learning, and STEM for girls. She has won the Vice Chancellor’s OCTAL award from UOW in 2016, Turnitin Global Innovation Award 2015, Teaching Excellence Award from UOWD in 2014, among others. Recently she was named among UAE’s 10 most influential educational leaders 2019 by The Knowledge Review, won the Digital Leader Award in Education category from Khaleej Times and MIT Sloan Mgt Review’s Digital Leaders Forum, 2019. Dr Khan was named 2020 Global Educational Influencer and one of 100 Most Admired People in Education in 2021 by The Excelligent.

Mark Glynn, Dublin City University

Mark currently leads a team of eight people charged with enhancing the learning experience of students within DCU. As such Mark has direct involvement with cutting edge innovative teaching techniques and learning technologies that are being implemented throughout the university. Furthermore Mark plays a key role in both local and national strategically important teaching initiatives. The main aim of his current role is to encourage and enable staff in DCU to increase their capacity to offer flexible learning. This involves managing both organisational and pedagogical based projects. Mark has a deep insight into the key issues for higher education in Ireland in particular the technology enhanced learning, learning analytics and flexible learning. He plays key leadership roles in promoting innovative teaching and learning methods throughout the sector and is considered to be a leading authority in the use of virtual learning environments, assessment design and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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