Academic integrity and online assessment

Monday, November 7, 2022, 13:00 (CET)

Format: Presentations and discussions


Online assessment offers universities many advantages, from greater flexibility and inclusivity to resource-savings in challenging financial times. Some institutions have been assessing online for many years, others have moved towards it as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, almost all providers are now experiencing a significant rise in academic conduct referrals. In part that is a consequence of improving detection methods but it also reflects growing numbers of actual cases, whether in the form of plagiarism, collusion or the use of essay mills.

This seminar will explore these challenges, along with some possible solutions, from the perspectives of three quite different universities; a UK distance learning provider, a UK conventional university, and a European distance learning institution. it will use the experiences of both presenters and attendees to consider how to prevent the advantages of online assessment being undermined by increasing opportunities for unfair assessment practises. The session will be led by the Open University of the UK.


Richard Madsen (Open University, UK) is Director of Teaching for the School of Arts and Humanities and is involved in the Open University’s institutional Academic Conduct Review. He previously worked in various conventional universities, including stints as a Lecturer in History at Cardiff University and a Senior Lecturer in Online Learning at Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Michael Draper PFHEA RLAUKAT is Deputy Pro Vice chancellor Education at Swansea University. He is co-chair of the Welsh Integrity and Assessment Network and an expert consultant with the UK QAA Academic Integrity Advisory Group and the ETINED platform of the Council of Europe. He has published and presented extensively on aspects of academic integrity and assessment. Michael is a practising lawyer by background and is a member of the Law Society’s Education and Training Committee and a member of the QAA’s subject benchmark committee for law.

Robin Crockett is the University Academic Integrity Officer at the University of Northampton and Academic Visitor at Loughborough University. He is actively involved with research and professional-development activities in academic integrity and has presented at many in-person and virtual events in recent years. He is a mathematician-ethicist with particular interests in the identification of contract-cheated material, and holds Chartered Scientist and Chartered Mathematician status. He is a member of the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) and the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and is one of the co-founders of the Midlands Integrity Group (of Universities) in the UK. In 2021 he had meetings with MP Chris Skidmore and Universities Minister Michelle Donelan to advise with regard to the proposed UK legislation to ban essay mills.

Henrietta Carbonel after more than ten years in university teaching, now accompanies teaching teams in the design and implementation of distance learning within the EDUDL+ (Educational Development Unit in Distance Learning) service of UniDistance Suisse. Her research interests include the distance university of the future, the representation of presence at a distance, remote assessments, and post-digital learning spaces.

Klaus-Dieter Rossade is Head of School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL) in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS), and previously Associate Dean Curriculum. He is also Director of Assessment Programme for the Open University. He is an experienced change leader related to qualification architecture, academic integrity, and classification outcomes. He chairs a European-wide Future of Online Assessment Special Interest Group for EADTU and present regularly on assessment. He is also a trainer/coach in public speaking and leadership communication.