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An Academic Ghostwriter Comes Clean

An Academic Ghostwriter Comes Clean | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

When The Chronicle published a confessional essay two years ago by a writer for a student-paper mill who had spent nearly a decade helping college students cheat on their assignments, it provoked anger, astonishment, and weary resignation.

The writer, under the pseudonym Ed Dante, said he had completed scores of papers for students who were too lazy or simply unprepared for their work at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels.

The academic ghostwriter has retired, and in his new memoir, he reveals his true identity: Dave Tomar, 32, a graduate of the bachelor's program in communications at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus and, now, a freelance writer in Philadelphia.

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Dave Tomar claims to have spent 25000 hours writing academic papers for hire.  


This is an interesting story.  The follow up comments are worth reading too. 

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Addressing Academic Dishonesty in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Addressing Academic Dishonesty in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Key Takeaways
Technology can help fight cheating that is itself based on technology, especially with tweaking of assignments and assessments in a way that makes it difficult to cheat.
Students should be made aware of resources such as university writing centers and tools such as Endnote.
Training about copyright, plagiarism, and time management can help students succeed without feeling that they have to cut corners.
Relevant codes and policies should be clearly stated in communications such as orientation materials, student handbooks, and course syllabi to establish expectations and reduce confrontations between instructors and students.
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This Educause review is on point.  Solid common sense advice.

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, June 20, 2015 4:57 PM

For my teaching friends or anyone considering doing writing at a post academic level. What a great resource for information on cutting down the rate of plagiarism. Much of what I see is not intentional but that makes little difference to a protective author, or the legal system.

Glad to see at Kansas City Kansas Community College we are already instituting most of these policies and practices.

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Understanding Cheating in Online Courses - CUW Online Learning

Understanding Cheating in Online Courses - CUW Online Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Live Events, Twitter Feeds, Chat Rooms, and other resources for the Understanding Cheating in Online Courses MOOC (Massively Open Online Course)
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Clever Mooc Style open course on cheating in the online environment. All course modules are open and available to you. 


The hastag for this course is #cheatmooc .  Clever, and provocative; can you cheat your way through a mooc? Why would you? What would be gained?  Lots to think about here.

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, June 13, 2014 12:35 PM

Cheating in online coursework remains a hot topic. Take another look at the issue here.

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The Shadow Scholar

The Shadow Scholar | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This article first appeared in 2010 in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The author uses 'Ed Dante' as a pseudonym.


The request came in by e-mail around 2 in the afternoon. It was from a previous customer, and she had urgent business. I quote her message here verbatim (if I had to put up with it, so should you): "You did me business ethics propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?"

I've gotten pretty good at interpreting this kind of correspondence. The client had attached a document from her professor with details about the paper. She needed the first section in a week. Seventy-five pages.

I told her no problem.

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One of the extraordinary things about teaching and learning online is the reality that there is a record or everything you do. Your skill and ability is there on the page and retrievable from the database. 


It's hard to fake expertise in a performance based environment. It's much harder to fake your way through a semester's worth of discussions than it is to buy a paper. (Almost anything is possible in both face to face and virtual education.)

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Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education: Special Report

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Face to Face or online, academic integrity remains an issue in education. This report takes a deep look at online issues.

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