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We know that plagiarism is not limited to the papers that students submit to Assignments and that copied words can be used for Discussion replies as well as answers to Quiz questions. One of the things that I like about the native integration of VeriCite with Canvas is the check box on an Assignment with the Online option selected for Submission Type. This option is not yet available for Quiz answers nor Discussion replies, but a workaround is possible when using the LTI option for VeriCite. That option allows instructors to submit assignments on behalf of their students.


The embedded video demonstrates the following:

  1. Copy the text of a student's submission to a graded Discussion
  2. Create an Assignment and choose the LTI option for Submission Type
  3. Click the Find button and then select the VeriCite option*
  4. Click the Save button (not Save and publish)
  5. Click on the student whose text was copied in the first step
  6. Click on the link to copy/paste text, paste the text copied in the first step, and then Submit Paper
  7. Printing the VeriCite report.

*: Though these steps and the video are specific to VeriCite, it is possible that a similar process can be used for other LTI tools for plagiarism detection.

I already posted a blog entry on Using Google Slides to Make an Image Rotator, and Sandy Lumley's question on Video - Autoplay and Loop prompted me to see if the same thing could work for videos. It does!


I begin in Google Slides:

  1. Add a YouTube video to each slide in a Google Slides presentation (Insert >> Video...)
  2. Right-click on the video within the slide and choose Video options...
  3. Turn on the check box for Autoplay when presenting
  4. Publish the presentation to the web (File >> Publish to the web...)
  5. In the "Publish to the web" dialog:
    • Select the Embed tab and pick a size - I like using the Small option for "Slide size" because it gives me more space to type the instructional context for the embedded media
    • Select the check boxes to turn on:
      • Start slideshow as soon as the player loads and
      • Restart the slideshow after the last slide
  6. Copy the embed code


And then in Canvas:

  1. In the Rich Content Editor, click on the button to Insert/edit media
  2. In the "Insert/edit media" dialog, select the Embed tab and paste the embed code
  3. Edit the embed code so that the delayms= value is a second or two longer than the longest video within the presentation
  4. Click Ok

Edited embed code


I did some testing and learned a couple of things. It looks like the Google Slide needs at least two slides for this to work. The time code cannot be different for each slide, and I added the extra time to account for the time it takes for the video to start playing.

I like to give one grade for group assignments, but I then run into a problem for students who do not participate at all in a given assignment (or for whatever reason need a score that differs from their teammates'). The embedded video demonstrates the following workflow:

  1. Create group assignment and set for one grade for the whole group
  2. When I am ready to grade, mute the assignment
  3. Grade all submissions
  4. Edit the assignment to set for individual grading
  5. Adjust individual grades as needed
  6. Unmute the assignment

The mute/unmute steps are good to prevent those students who got a zero for the assignment from seeing points they did not earn.