Hi guys! Can you please share your views on this question?
Aman Arora, I use and prefer Turnitin. Do you have any specific questions about the way each tool works? You can check out my guide to my preferred version of Turnitin in Canvas here: Canvas and Turnitin. Does that help?
Aman Arora I have the same question. Dallas E Hulsey I know is basically the Canvas Turnitin Expert so I would love to hear from someone that uses Unicheck and what their experience has been.
We currently use Turnitin.com but have had repeated issues. Unicheck is significantly cheaper and I am wondering about any issues people may have had with Unicheck?
Afraid I can't give much of a comment about Unicheck specific issues - this is where we are.
We're also historical Turnitin users - and there is a level of confidence amongst faculty with it (and they use the Feedback Studio product included). We have also been early adopters of Turnitin's Authorship Investigate offer for Contract Cheating. But we have also been experiencing a wide range of issues with the platform and company - to the degree that we would be negligent not to consider what alternatives there are on the market.
Additionally, we've also had reports that institutions have been receiving requests from email@example.com to share matched papers. These requests appear to be from other Universities but, on closer inspection, it appears they are actually coming from an essay mill website (https://www.coursehelp.org/) which is sending out the paper view requests, presumably in an effort to collect papers to sell on. Not sure if that's an issue in your market - it is here.
We evaluated Unicheck's similarity index integration with Canvas last year - and I believe partly due to preference (used to Turnitin) and some understandable dislike of the number of scroll bars presented with their iFrame integration, we stuck with Turnitin at the time.
However, we are about to re-evaluate Unicheck. I have recently been made aware that Unicheck have completely re-designed their Canvas integration and the Similarity Reports since last year. They advise this update work includes additional features, security and navigation.
Whilst setting this up I was also told that Unicheck will shortly have available their Contract Cheating identification software for evaluation (it is called EMMA). I've been following the development of this (and have an idea of what it looks like). Unicheck have advised that they are finalising integrating EMMA into their Similarity Report service, as they felt that it would be more convenient for academics, rather than having separate products for EMMA and their Similarity tool. This seems to be a different model to Turnitin’s approach (who sell Authorship Investigate as a separate platform). We're in the process of arranging a demonstration of this to relevant staff, with a view that we evaluate the product.
Another apparently decent player in the market is Urkund. We considered them but they had to be excluded as they didn't meet some of our criteria. However, I've also heard they are talking about a substantive increase in pricing (which I'm told is rattling through their existing customer base).
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