Cadmus Pilot

The University of Adelaide is seeking digital tools to support academic integrity and skill development in students.


Rather than focusing solely on detection Cadmus embeds academic integrity skill development both within the assessment design and the tool itself. The goal within Cadmus assessment design is to take an educational approach to promote student learning and prevent academic misconduct by embedding academic integrity within assessment tasks. Cadmus also supports Graduate Attribute 7: Digital capability.

About Cadmus

Using a set of customisable assessment templates, including essays, annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, laboratory reports, etc., Cadmus supports iterative assessment workflows, enabling students to obtain feedback throughout the assessment process. Staged assessments, with clear instructions, and learning support, including nudges for academic referencing are built directly into assessment tasks. Essentially, students complete notes, drafts, and final submissions ‘live’ within the Cadmus platform.

Cadmus integrates directly into MyUni (Canvas) and also integrates with Turnitin to ensure that assessment tasks are checked for potential instances of academic misconduct, including plagiarism, collusion and contract cheating. Assessment marking utilises Turnitin Feedback Studio with future iterations of the tool enabling marking through SpeedGrader in MyUni (due Semester 2 2021). Designed for accessibility, Cadmus supports WCAG 2.0 standards. Insights are provided throughout an assessment task, enabling visibility of student engagement with assessment.

Cadmus allows authentication and veracity of student authorship, as it tracks the full lifecycle of a student’s individual contributions of assessment over time. Data is captured throughout an assessment, enabling point in time referencing support for students. Cadmus also provides direct links to institutional support resources, within assessment design.

Pilot Timeline

Cadmus will be piloted in two courses in Winter school, with a further five courses trialling the tool in S2 2021.

Nominations for the pilot have now closed.

During the pilot period, feedback will be collected from both staff and students to inform a recommendation on further use of Cadmus at scale.

The pilot will end in November 2021 will an evaluation and recommendation regarding further adoption of the tool. An adoption decision will be made, based upon evaluation results.

Course Experiences

As part of the pilot a presentation will be scheduled to share the experiences piloting Cadmus.