Redesigning assessment for a world in which generative AI and contract cheating exist

Please note that the location of this workshop has changed to the Tyree Energy Technology G16 due to high demand.

In this Masterclass workshop, course convenors will learn how to respond to the challenges that new forms of cheating (generative AI and contract cheating) present to the integrity of academic assessment.

Whilst Professor Ellis has often stated that cheating can never be completely designed away, the dominant approaches to assessment and feedback that currently prevail in the highly modularised and massified HE industry must be reexamined in light of these challenges. You will be introduced to a selection of assessment design principles and two new approaches to assessing student learning: programmatic assessment and de-articulated assessment. You will then be supported to apply these concepts to reimagine the assessment design of a unit of study so that you leave with a redesigned piece of assessment that has emptied the value of cheating and that prioritises and capitalises on human expert judgement whilst maximising student support and feedback. 

This is a hands-on workshop session aimed at course convenors. Please bring your syllabus and assessment outlines that you will be redesigning for Term 3 or for 2024. This workshop is not only open to UNSW colleagues, but also to any interested course convenors from other HE institutions.


About the Speaker

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Cath Ellis is a Professor in the School of the Arts and Media. She is the Faculty Student Integrity Advisor. From 2014-2020 she was Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and then until 2021 was Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture.  Prior to that she was the Director of Teaching and learning in the School of Music, Humanities and Media at the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, UK and a lecturer in English at the University of Wollongong in Australia. While her background is in Australian and Postcolonial Literature, her current research is in the area of academic integrity with a particular interest in contract cheating. In 2019, the Times Higher Education named her as one of their people of the year for her work in this area. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and in 2010 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.