To tackle student cheating, we need to reimagine university assessment | Jon Scott

Essay mills are becoming increasingly normalised. The only way to beat them is to design assessments they can’t reproduce

Ghost-writing academic work is nothing new but until relatively recently it was out of reach of most students. Now essay mills have started rolling on an industrial scale. Their sophisticated websites offer production of a whole range of assignments up to and including dissertations and theses. If required, a typical undergraduate essay, on pretty much any topic, can be turned around in less than 24 hours.

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