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2017

Dear fellow Canvas fans,

 

You landed here right on time for Unicheck’s big announcement that may even rival our own renaming.

Here at Unicheck we are in the middle of introducing Deep Integration with Canvas. It is a big deal, because we are putting all of your previous experiences with plagiarism checkers on their heads. With this integration, Canvas and Unicheck work beautifully and smartly together.

We cordially invite you to join Canvas Partner Webinar to see Unicheck’s seamless workflow with Assignments, Peer Review, Rubrics and more.

We anticipated you’d have a question or three, so here you go.

 

Why should I go?

To see how our brand-new integration has made it possible to use accurate, responsive and glitch-free plagiarism checker with any type of Canvas assignment that can be downloaded in a file;

To learn why many educators in Canvas Community are switching to Unicheck.

 

Who’ll be there?

Meet our frontman:

Ivan Klymenko (see the photo below) is Partnerships Director at Unicheck and a true whiz in regards to anything related to integrations and workflows. Ivan will be presenting Deep Integration, guiding you through the new feats Unicheck is now capable of in Canvas.

Sergii Tkachenko is our Partnerships Manager. Sergii is the go-to guy if you want to try Unicheck out or get a fitting for your school.

 

What’s the agenda?

1. Unleashing full Canvas functionality

Find out how you can create any type of Canvas assignment with plagiarism check option in an effortless and smooth way of a true ninja (that’s what we lovingly call Deep Integration). Peer Review, Group Assignment, and Rubrics are all working exceptionally well with Unicheck.

 

2. Grades esthetics

 

Even though we’ve concerned ourselves with giving Unicheck’s representation of Grades a sense of beauty, it’s not the only thing improved. We also made sure to become handier than ever in helping teachers grade faster. Neat and efficient, that’s what we are talking about.

 

3. Taking care of your IP rights.

 

Yes, we feel responsible for that, too. We’ll explain you why all files are now stored in Canvas, and what benefits you receive because of it (like ability to extract archives, do backups, and migrate data easily).

 

4. Experiencing Canvas mobile app

 

Find out more about submitting papers from mobile devices and uploading papers from any storage Canvas supports.

 

5. Approaching LTI differently

 

That’s something utterly new. Instead of old LTI, we are introducing API+LTI integration, and also mention why you should care.

 

6. Handing out candy for the tech-savvy

 

Enjoy 99.9% uptime, auto-updates, secure connection, and other yummy stuff.

 

7. Giving answers

 

We are reserving a chunk of time for your questions, concerns and feedback.

 

So, where’s the party?

To participate, you need to register for Canvas Partners Webinar.

When’s the party startin’?

August 24, 2017, 4.15 pm MT.

Can’t wait to see you there guys.
Your faithful Unicheck team

Today Unicheck is presenting something much bigger than just a simple update. And while someone may ask what new can there be about a plagiarism checker and an LMS, Unicheck team takes each fix and workflow to heart.

Please meet beta version of Unicheck’s two-click integration with Canvas: faster, fuller and more efficient integration that makes workflow limitless and seamless.

 

Educators and Unicheck’s Ninja Mode

 

In essence, the two-click integration can be explained as Unicheck’s full potential in ninja mode. That means that now Unicheck works in Canvas like martial arts pro, providing top results in a laconic and beautiful way.

Let’s see what options have been enabled by our ninja to make teachers’ experience with Unicheck better.

Assignment

When creating an assignment, an educator needs to choose Submission Type (Online) in the fallout menu, and tick File Uploads. Then, he or she should choose Unicheck Plagiarism Checker in the field Plagiarism Review.

It is useful in cases when educators need papers checked on some occasions. If there no need to check a particular assignment, they just don’t tick.

Now teachers are also able to configure settings before each assignment. These settings are:

  • Exclude submissions from Library (most useful for draft assignments)
  • Exclude citations and references from plagiarism search (which contributes to the higher originality score)
  • Sensibility settings (it can set sensibility in percent or words)

It is very convenient as it gives teachers power to fine-tune Unicheck to the special needs of each assignment.

Features like pre-checks and submitting on behalf of students have been removed as redundant. Resubmit option will be available as a Canvas native feature.

Storing Papers

Deep Integration now works in such a way that allows all submitted papers to be stored directly in Canvas, and thus making it possible to download all submitted files in one click by hitting Download Submissions.

DocViewer

Yes, it is true. Unicheck is now fully compatible with DocViewer and all papers checked by Unicheck open in DocViewer retaining its full operational potential.


The similarity score appears in DocViewer in the top right corner as a neat green button and shows the percentage of the similarity in the text. If a teacher desires to view the report in a greater detail, the little icon with percentage is clickable, and takes the teacher to the report, in its classical form.

Grades

The way teachers can review performance in Grades has changed as well. Now, for each submitted and checked assignment there is a flag with a color code. Flags can be in four colors:

  • Blue is for papers with 0% similarity found, and all citations and references properly formatted;
  • Green indicates small or insubstantial similarity detected, with anything up to 20%;
  • Yellow is reserved for medium level of similarity;
  • Red signifies large percentage of 80 and more.

 

 

The flag is clickable and allows teachers to have a detailed view of the entry, and to leave comments. Teachers can click on the percentage to view the report.

Rubrics and Peer Review

It is now possible to create assignments using Rubrics and Peer Review and such assignments will be checked by Unicheck.

 

Admins and Ninja in Action

 

When it comes to integrations, admins should receive credit where it is due, and here is good news for them: the installation process has gotten easier.

Integration works through LTI 2 and takes one click: admins now need only url registration. It is super simple: just go to the Integrations tab in Unicheck’s account and click on the Copy button.

That’s not all: there is literally no maintenance, as updates happen automatically. That’s ninja in action, guys.

We are also proud to say that just like Canvas, Unicheck offers 99.9% of up-time, ensuring that Canvas and Unicheck alliance is trouble-proof and reliable.

 

Deep Integration Q&A

 

Unicheck team is delighted to report that Canvas is the first LMS to have Deep Integration with our plagiarism checker.

 Note: Our team is presenting Deep Integration on Canvas Partner Webinar on 24th of August, and we will also dedicate time for a questions and answers session.

Stealthy and efficient, this ninja is already available for service.

 

 

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Here at Unicheck (former Unplag) we try to keep in touch with educators. It’s not just the feedback on our similarity checker that we want to know.

Our objective is to learn the needs teachers have, and in what ways we can make your routines easier, faster and less tiresome.

Today we would like to address what is absurdly both the most looked for and most ignored topic: the similarity report.

When the papers are submitted, and the similarity check is complete, what happens then? What do you do next, and how helpful can the similarity report be in grading papers?

Purpose of Similarity Report

The first thing we would like to say is that similarity score is not a grade; neither is it a recommendation for the grade.

Similarity report provides a statistical number that shows the percent of similarity in the paper. It is left completely for educators to decide if any particular paper was plagiarized or not.

We at Unicheck understand the crucial need for student-teacher communication; we also know the true value of human factor in education. That is why our report’s only purpose is to show

  • how much of the text is original
  • how much of the text is made of citations
  • how many references were used, and
  • how much of the text was found to be identical to online or library sources and databases (if integrated).

The report shows this information to the fullest extent and provides accurate and reliable results. Unicheck’s purpose is to inspire, not place blame; Unicheck’s ambition is to become educator’s helper and reference, transforming once a cumbersome and exhausting ordeal into a simple and swift pattern.

There is more to know about the similarity report and its content, so read on.

Unicheck’s Interface in Canvas

When students submit their papers, Unicheck as an LTI, checks them automatically. To find a similarity report on each paper, you need to go to the Assignment in Canvas and click on the “Student view” button near each student’s name.

After you press the button, a fallout table will be displayed with several columns:

  • Attempt.

This is a student submission counter. The number displayed will change accordingly if a student re-submits the paper.

  • Document.

This is the similarity report itself. You can click on it to view it in the Canvas interface. Read on to find out more details on the similarity report below.

  • ID.

This is a unique serial number of this particular report.

  • Similarity.

Educators can see the similarity score right away, without having to open the similarity report. This score is a percentage of the text that Unicheck has determined as identical with online or library sources and databases (if integrated). It can be any number from 0% (no similarities detected, text is fully original) to 100% (a complete match with sources, and no original text is present).

  • Grade.

This cell usually shows “0.0”. Educators can grade the paper right here, or they can do it in the report itself. The grade will automatically appear in Grades.

  • Submission date.

It shows the exact time when the paper has been submitted.

Meaning of Similarity Report

Similarity report contains detailed information on the checked paper.

There are two ways to view it:

  1. In the Canvas interface directly, by clicking on the highlighted link under the Document column as shown on the screenshot;
  2. On your computer in a separate .pdf file. To download it, press the “Generate Report” button, and when the caption has changed to “Download Report”, press it again.

This screenshot shows the report viewed in Canvas. The report is divided in two halves. On the left-hand side is the paper itself, with the color highlights in the body of the text. On the right-hand side is a panel with information on originality and similarity scores, percent of references and citations, list of all sources, citations and references. Unicheck gives teachers a possibility to exclude any of sources, citations and references from the percentage calculations manually in the report.

There is a special color code that Unicheck uses to mark the paper for better navigation. Yellow highlight marks similar text; blue marks citations; purple is used for references; original text is not marked at all.

We also use red color if our checker has detected similar characters from other alphabets in the text. This trick can sometimes be used to fool similarity checkers, yet Unicheck is immune to such maneuvers.

The report also allows you to comment on any part of the report for student’s attention. For that, press the “Commenting mode” button.

The downloaded report will include the same information as its online version, but the used sources will be listed at the beginning of the document.

Share Your Thoughts

The Unicheck development team is happy to announce that the new deeper integration with Canvas is coming soon, and it will make workflow absolutely seamless. We will keep Canvas community posted on all further developments.

Unicheck would like to invite all teachers to share thoughts and experiences with us. Have similarity reports been of help to you when grading papers? Has it been making things clearer or more confusing? We appreciate your feedback, so step forward.

 

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