Global Essay Mills Survey
Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic and University of Canberra are jointly preparing a project on contract cheating. The aim of the project is to conduct an international student survey on essay mills called “Global Essay Mills Survey” (GEMS). The survey is going to be launched at the Global ethics day at 18th October 2017.
We are going to collect data from students from the whole of Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand. For this reason the project will need translations to local languages and local people in the countries to help to disseminate the questionnaires.
The questionnaire was designed by the project leader Rebecca Awdry. The project has support from the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and ENAI to help disseminate it.
The aim of the survey is to gather information from students about why they have chosen to go to university, how they may have been engaged in contract cheating, and if so, how frequently, and why they think students may cheat. Not only are we hoping to gather a more realistic picture on the numbers of students who use essay mills, but also to compare countries and conduct one of the first international studies to compare student learning behaviours.
How we need your help!
The project team is looking for enthusiastic helpers (especially from non-English speaking countries) who would like to help as "country managers" for their countries. This will require people to help us disseminate the survey across your country and contact other higher education institutions to spread the survey. Unfortunately there is no funding for the project, so the counter-value for the helpers is an offer of access to anonymized data for their country, which can be used for your own research purposes. If you would like to be more involved, there would be the possibility for you to become a key contact of the project, and formally join the project team. This would require you to help with distribution, translation is required, involvement in the project, analysis of data and support in future publications. Please note, we do not need further key contacts from Australia, Czechia, or the UK.
If you think that you might be interested, or want further information, please contact the project team at email@example.com.