Summer 2019 challenge competitions open

Our summer 2019 challenge competitions are open now for submission of ideas and the closing date has been extended to the 31 July 2019. We are also using a new competition platform which re-introduces voting by staff and students in universities and colleges as part of the shortlisting process.

We have already run one challenge competition and two hackathons this year see so the next two challenges are numbered four and five. Challenge four is open to student and apprentices and invites ideas about the campus of the future. Challenge five is open to staff or students and invites ideas about how to stop cheating in assignments.

You can go straight to the compeition website and register now or read below to discover more about the challenges competition.

Challenge four: Student of the Future: Campus 2030

What will it be like to study at university or college in the future? Read about innovations around the campus of the future from the Networkshop conference in Share your vision of the campus of the future

We want you to know what you think it will be like to study ay University or College in 2030.  What is the one thing that you feel would improve your experience on your existing course? How might the technology you use today or that will be available in the next 10 years change the learning for the student of the future.  How might Education 4.0 change the design of courses in the future?

We have brought together some useful articles around education 4.0 under a page on Future Trends that looks at what education may look like in the future.

Paul Feldman the Chief Executive of Jisc suggests how technology will change the way we learn in the future in a recent blog post “The potential of Education 4.0 is huge – the UK must take the lead, now“.

Paul McKean (Head of further education and skills, Jisc) has provided a view of the college of the future through the eyes of a college principal. .

But what do you, as a student in higher or further education in the UK think? Submit your idea by the deadline, get support from peers to stand a chance of winning a prize.

Challenge five: How to stop cheating

We all agree that that getting someone else to write your essay or coursework is cheating and not fair on other students who work hard and don’t cheat. Recently this issue has attracted a lot of attention and over the past few years there has been many articles in the press relating to the increase in students using essay mills to cheat in assignments. Essay mills: ‘One in seven’ paying for university essays and essay mill firm targets new students through WhatsApp.

In September 2018 Universities leaders asked for a ban on essay writing companies and more recently PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats.

One of the major suppliers of detection software Turnitin have released a new product to help detect “contract checking” which they define as the practice of using an third party to complete an assignment see Turnitin Authorship Investigate Supporting Academic Integrity is Released to Higher Education Market

The Quality Assurance Agency for UK HE have asked for a removal of adverts for Essay Mills on social media channels see

What ideas do you have to stop students cheating and handing in assignments that are not their own work?  Is the answer more measures such as above or maybe you have a fool proof idea to detect cheats? With the emergence of data analytics is it time for some radical new approaches to assessment? How might education 4.0 change how we assess learning and remove the need to ditech cheating altogether?

Submit your idea now

To submit an idea you need to register at the competition web site The deadline for submitting an idea is 31 July 2019 but don’t leave it to deadline.  Voting will then open if there are sufficient ideas to help selection. To vote users must register on the competition site, they will be allocated 10 votes which can be used to support one idea or many. Ideas that achieve 250 votes by the 10 June will be shortlisted and the winner selected by a panel of judges. The winning idea in each competition will receive £500 and runners-up £50. The best ideas will be shared on this site.

By Paul Bailey

Head of co-design, part of a research and development team

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