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Technologies are developing rapidly these days with a personal data protection constantly being on the radar as the main cornerstone of innovation.

 

A colossal amount of user data such as preferences, tastes, personal and behavioral statistics is gathered by companies on the daily basis.

 

When the data protection doesn’t work properly it leads to the severe consequences, such as private data leakage or information misuse that violates customer’s fundamental rights and seriously damages company’s reputation.

 

Committing to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that was approved on April 27, 2016, Unicheck as prominent software provider, intensifies the data protection compliance, ensuring continuous data protection and secure service delivery.

 

Unicheck commitment to customers  

 

Wholeheartedly dedicated to customers, Unicheck team wants to make it clear that their software will be fully complied to new GDPR regulations before the date officially comes to enforcement on 25 May, 2018.

 

Being almost prepared to effectuate the new GDPR obligations, Unicheck has already redesigned privacy policies, adjusting them to the new rules regarding personal data protection, access and management, subsequently sharing them with clients on their official site.

 

“It’s not purely about technology, it’s also about people, - educators, students, writers, our partners, and investors, - all that we do at Unicheck should be transparent for them as we keep upgrading and modernizing our software.”

 

- Unicheck CEO, Serhii Tkachenko.

 

As a robust, cloud-based edtech solution, Unicheck understands the social responsibility that is laid on software that serves educational purposes, as privacy in this sector is especially sensitive subject.

 

Personal data protection and privacy have always been the main concern for Unicheck, encapsulating technological operations, transactions and legal aspects of the personal data processing.

 

Committing to the GDPR regulation is a next step towards strengthening user trust, ensuring transparency of the business and efficient risk management that spans all of the operations within the company.

 

GDPR: Things get changed

 

The former EU internet security legislation was adopted in 1995, however, at some point existing regulations were no longer able to ensure private data protection.

 

The outdated legislation that was too open for the interpretation, overloaded businesses with administrative costs and needed drastic changes to meet the new demands and challenges related to cyber security.  

 

The substantial changes that bring new GDPR legislation will officially come to the enforcement on 25 May 2018, globally affecting all organizations that gather and process EU citizens user data.

 

Empowered by the new GDPR regulations, the users will be granted more control and access to their personal data:

 

Protected by default. The concept of privacy “by design or “by default” means that  a personal data protection should be a central point of every software creation, build-in on the very first stage of designing.

 

Businesses processing personal data must use technologies that meet the strictest security standards, otherwise, they will be penalized by the data protection authorities.

 

Permanent erasure.  The users can withdraw the personal data usage agreement once provided by them to the company.

 

Transparency. The companies must fully notify users how their personal data will be managed, including total transparency in cases, when the private data has been compromised or leaked due to the cyber attacks or technical issues.  

 

Portability. The personal data should be portable so that users could easily transmit or gain access to it.

 

 

   We know how time-consuming building new courses can be. And that’s absolutely not necessary for the majority of course structures are similar, right?

 

   Unicheck is here to simplify and automate this routine for you, guys. Welcome a new awesome feature for Unicheck & Canvas Native Integration - Course Copy!

 

   Now you can copy courses content easily. It will take you literally a couple of clicks to create a new course with all the assignments by simply copying an existing course.

 

 

   Here is how you do the Copy of the Course:

 

Step 1. Log in to your Canvas account as Administrator, go to General Settings and install a Unicheck App.

Step 2. Open “Courses” section and create a new course with assignments.

Step 3. Open an existing course with assignments and submitted students’ papers.

           Step 4. Go to “Settings” and pick “Copy this Course”.

 

         Step 5. In “Copy this Course” tab, fill in “Name” and “Course Code”(any), and click “Create Course”.

* The course will be copied together with assignments (apart from submitted student papers and students database). It will also have default Unicheck Settings.

 

Step 6. To invite students to a newly created course, go to “People” section, click “+People” button and fill in the emails of students in the pop-up window.

 

   Step 7. Go to settings of a newly generated assignment. In "Plagiarism Review" section, you’ll find default Unicheck settings. Modify if needed.

 

A Quick Reminder of Unicheck’s Native Integration with Canvas

 

Unicheck can be integrated into Canvas in two ways: via LTI or via what we came to call a Native Integration.

Here’s a quick recap of what’s cool about Unicheck & Canvas Native integration:

 

  • Takes only two clicks to set Unicheck up for an assignment
  • No maintenance - automatic updates + 99.9% uptime
  • Speedgrader compatibility
  • Comprehensive plagiarism report available to both teacher and student
  • Total similarity score in front of every submitted paper on the list (different-colored flags) in Grades
  • Paper resubmission opportunity

 

In case you have any questions or need help with activating the feature in your account, don't hesitate to reach out to me on mira@unicheck.com.

 

 

Best regards, 

                           Unicheck Team 

Unicheck Evolution: New Spanking Writing Solution

 

At the call of its educational mission, Unicheck team came across the idea to create more super-helping stuff for students.

 

This time it presented an Add-on for Google Docs, which allows to check papers on the spot in few clicks.

 

Though new solution is not as compound as Unicheck’s integrations with Canvas, it may be of a great help for learners, saving them time for student life.

 

Is Add-on for GDocs really that stunning?

 

No doubt.

 

Main advantage of Unicheck Add-on lies in a real time similarity search. Open a document and check it right away. No additional moves needed.

 

The Add-on combines user-friendly interface and regular, but complete pack of features, being a handy candy for those who write.

 

Easy to use

 

Just a couple of clicks are needed to start using the Add-on. Find it in the store, add to your GDocs, and - presto - get ready-to-use tool.

 

Another step is to login to Unicheck account or sign up.

 

Click “Start check”, and the system would count all pages in a document in accordance with standard academic calculation, taking 1 page for 275 words.

 

Start check and in seconds and get detailed check report with similarity score, sources from the web and list of citations and references.

 

 

Easy to interpret

 

Check percentage of detected similarities (if there are any) using right-side pop-up. Manage similarity sources by excluding and including them. Check on citations and references - MLA, APA, Chicago, whatever the writer’s soul is in need of - by clicking a particular bar. Edit the document and recheck it in seconds. So many features, so little space.

 

 

To get more details, open full report and get colourful and clickable clarification on found matches.

 

 

Additional abilities

 

This is not the end, though.

 

Browse history of a document, go to library to find saved files, and use an option “Buy more pages” to top up the balance.

 

 

Unicheck Advisement

 

Staying on guard of educational integrity, Unicheck never stops improving and developing. Lots of useful updates are coming soon, but at the moment Unicheck Add-on for Google Docs already captured attention of learning society (and hopefully, Canvas community as well).

 

Simplicity and speed, combined with accuracy and interaction come together in this elegant and powerful tool to help thousands of students to stay focused on their work and gain great results in learning, writing, and life.

 

P.S. And watch our video 

Plagiarism Checker for Google Docs from Unicheck - YouTube 

Do you remember the time when you were a student? How did you identify yourself? Were you a “quiet achiever”, “know-it-all”, or careless “day dreamer”? The bets are high you can still remember your biggest class epic fails, assignments you secretly hated because you were not as smart as that annoying kid with a strange surname.

 

Ironically, failure syndrome is terrorizing even “super achievers” too. The reaction to failure is different, what appears to be motivating for one student may turn to be paralyzing for another.

 

We all have different perceptions and learning ways. For online education, where teachers’ actions are rather limited, it is especially important to support students who often flunk tests.

 

The way failures affect student’s mind

 

What can be worse than failing a test? Only failing a high-stakes test. Once, the Stanford's staff wrongly informed students about test failing, sure thing for the science sake, but what came out was far from expected.

 

Over 80% of studied group projected emotional reactions that looked nothing like productive studying mood: embarrassment, lack of motivation and procrastination.

 

Everyone speaks and writes about the importance of personal motivation nowadays. But remember how it used to be. Sometimes it’s hard to find motivation, sometimes motivation finds you, but as a rule, it’s too late for a project. Why does this happen? Let’s find out from the common root-cause factors.

 

Common root-cause factors of failures

 

The study revealed that the most widespread psychological reasons of failures are: bad study habits, distracting external factors, unclear instructions and again fear of judgment.

 

The teacher is the main motivator and influencer in the class. The fixed mindset is what often passes from teacher to student, meaning that obstacles in learning are wrongly associated with general abilities required for the subject, rather than individual talents.

 

The teachers applying a flexible approach encourage learning process, treating each mistake as an opportunity to learn. Other problems they easily solve with explanations, clarifications, and special practices.

 

Applying practices from best colleges

 

The key ingredient for educating students should be a sense of emotional safety and control over task performing, in which failures are the components of learning progress. In the best colleges around the world, the education is more tailored to the individual learning patterns. This is done especially for students having problems in learning. Some of them are described in more detail down below.

 

Problem #1

No analysis, no self-contribution. The student finally submits a paper, but there’s no analysis or critical thinking in it.

 

Solution. Clarify the value of individually conducted research, encourage sharing personal opinion even if it doesn’t blend with other students. Create templates for assignments that would include the field with “outcomes” or the one where students describe how they understand the collected data, how it can be applied and what improvements can be suggested.

 

Problem #2

Cheating/plagiarism. “It’s just your word against his word, - which you claim is your word”. In the Wikipedia era, it seems only the lazy one doesn’t cheat.

 

Solution. First of all, teach students how to cite and reference and highlight the importance of it, as sometimes plagiarism is unintentional. The most effective way against cheating is prevention.

 

Make an individual version of the test for each student, notify them that each variant will be different, this way you can eliminate the temptation for cheating. Specify what can be considered as plagiarism and ensure submissions are authentic with a plagiarism checker. 

 

Problem #3

Mistakes, poor formatting. When it comes to preparing a serious project, inattentiveness is frustrating. It negatively affects students marks  even of the smartest students.

 

Solution. Create and share a document that would guide students across all the stages of the assignment accomplishment. If the information needs to meet certain standards, - like APA, MLA or Harvard formatting provide appropriate sources to the official sites. In case university uses a custom format provide the link where the student can look up for them. Tools that can be used for eliminating grammar and spelling errors will be useful too.

 

Provide timely feedback and encourage making tweaks independently, only this way students can realize which typical errors and misspellings are chasing them.

 

Problem #4

Missing the data. Every human being is often forgetful and unintentionally misses a good chunk of essential information. Sometimes, sequence of events is mixed up, so articles, novel or story rendering is distorted.

 

Solution. Teach students how to create and use checklists. Allow them to use special outlines if they need to render a big part of the book.

 

Just like your average “to do-list”, checklist is a plan of action that is structured in the bullet points or sequenced by numbers, according to the priority of the action.

 

If the assignment is big and complicated it can be built in the form of tasks and subtasks, smaller chunks will make it look more manageable. Each point of the checklist can include a particular estimated time, f.g you can allow 45 min. time frame for the essay writing and 20 min. for the revision, this will help students stay more organized.

 

Checklists are also good for writing and remembering information. Checklist for authors usually include facts, questions to address, and keywords that uncover main ideas.

 

Problem #5

Lack of understanding. Right, the problem is usually followed by the word “math”. Some students lose motivation if the solution method is not 100% understood, while others hand in blank pages.

 

Solution. Avoid giving assignments unless all students show the method used is clear to everyone. Create test assignments to check their understanding first, and only after that assign a final one.

 

Math is an interesting discipline and there’s a way to show it to the class. Show students that the problem can be solved differently. The more ways will be discussed and tried the deeper their understanding of the topic will be.

 

Bottom line

 

Being a good teacher is like trying to fly an airplane while building it, - it's challenging and there will never be an end for improvements. Nevertheless, you can be a true mentor, true master Yoda for students, inspiring them, teaching how to overcome hardships in studying and how to apply the learned material. The main point is to let them see how they can control the situation and work on it, this will dispel their fears and help them find the path from failure to knowledge.

 

*the pic is used under CC0 1.0, via unsplash.com

 

 

 

 

Victoria Vypovska

Academic Integrity Advisor

unicheck.com

Message me: victoria@unicheck.com 

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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