What does "Has similarity score" mean when it appears in Grades?
Hi Nancy Brashear...
Does that assignment use a plagiarism checker, by chance? If so, it might be that there is a score (probably out of 100%) of how much a particular student's paper has been plagiarized. Typically, the higher the score, the more likely work has been copied from other sources. Does this help?
Hi, Chris. I don't think that's it because students observed separate
teachers and interviewed them (including questions and answers). I can't
figure it out! It pops up in Grades under the specific assignment with a
green color (and I'm the only one who has ever taught this course--these
papers aren't plagiarized from someone else who has taken it). Any other
Chris is still on-target.
Having a similarity score doesn't mean that the student plagiarized, it just means that whatever they turned in was checked for similarity. A high score means that they are very similar to other works (potentially indicating plagiarism). If the green is an indicator of score, then it's likely that your students turned in work that was not like others, which would be consistent with you being the only one teaching the course and knowing they're not plagiarized.
A similarity report is something that your school would have to set up, so you may want to ask your local Canvas Admin which plagiarism detection software your institution is using. Turnitin is the most popular one, but they are others out there.
We don't use the plagiarism framework and there isn't much documentation about it in the Canvas guides, so I cannot help with specifics. Here is the go-to documentation about Canvas and Turnitin and another one I found for Unicheck: Unicheck’s Similarity Report and Grading Papers: Any Connection?
Dear Nancy Brashear, could you clarify what plagiarism checking tool you use? Did you have a chance to find the answer to your question?
James Jones gave a pretty good explanation of what ‘similarity score’ is. More information can be found here. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, in case you still have any questions.
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