Cadmus – what is it?

Every once in awhile, something comes along which has the potential to radically change the way students experience university life.

Cadmus, the academic integrity software the University is thinking of implementing, is just that.

Cadmus is a google-docs-type software which is currently being trialed at a number of Universities across Australia, including the University of Melbourne.

It requires students to complete entire essays within its interface, which will change the way that students write their assignments. For example, it will restrict students’ ability to write up assignments on paper and then type them up online, or to copy and paste text.

Cadmus is being introduced in response to contract cheating, and in order to do this it will use keystroke technology and an authenticated login process to ensure the work being done is that of the student.

Since 2015, there have been trials conducted on over 300 students at the University of Melbourne. This semester, Cadmus is being trialed across five subjects. If the trial is successful, Cadmus could fundamentally change the way in which assessments are conducted. This is an issue which could affect every University of Melbourne student.

UMSU has a number of concerns about Cadmus, which we are continuing to bring up with University. These include data retention and privacy issues, accessibility issues both in terms of access to internet and compatibility with assistive technologies, and what types of assessments are Cadmus-compatible.

But we want to know your thoughts.

Our first forum was held on 30 March and saw some really interesting discussion and feedback. Still, the importance of having your voice heard on this issue cannot be understated.

If you’d like to stay in the loop about developments on this issue, you can sign up to our Education Department’s mailing list here.

And if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with me at president@union.unimelb.edu.au. 

Yan Zhuang
UMSU President