Checking for Plagiarism in Google Classroom

Checking for Plagiarism in Google Classroom: Gems Teachers Get

As the stats say, around 59% of high schoolers and 36% of undergraduates admit cheating at least several times a year. As it turns out, cheating rates keep growing and some of the today’s online learning systems lack apps or plugins able to detect copied papers.

The truth is, most of the existing checkers can accurately spot word-for-word plagiarism or so-called mashups (when stolen information gets mixed up with the original one), but more sophisticated types of plagiarism usually stay unnoticed.

Sometimes, students may turn to be too inventive and resort to replacing characters all over their papers to trick plagiarism detectors. However, this type of cheating can be tracked. Unicheck can do it. This is the plagiarism checker that has been integrated with Google Classroom recently. So far, it is the first checker being available for all Google Classroom users. So is it really beneficial to educators? Let’s dwell on this down below.

Integrating and tuning up the checker

Luckily for teachers and unluckily for some crafty students, checking papers for plagiarism in Google Classroom is getting simple and profound.

If teachers decide to use Unicheck, two things are primarily required. First off, admin at Google Classroom should register an account at unicheck.com and then select Unicheck in the Integrations tab. The next step is to tune up Unicheck settings and choose courses it will work in.

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Changing search settings, skipping correctly formatted citations and references can be done whenever a teacher requires this. Furthermore, teachers can choose when they are to be notified of checked papers: either upon completion of the assignment by each student, or upon a due date arrival.

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The way Unicheck works in Google Classroom is very simple. Teachers create assignments and set due dates; students write them and submit for grading; Unicheck scans each submitted work and sends emails to teachers with a similarity score for each checked paper. Teachers can view Unicheck report with all matches, citations and references highlighted without signing out of their Gmail accounts. That’s it.

Making the most of Unicheck’s features

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Recognizing citations. In the reports teachers receive, all correctly cited sentences are highlighted and can be omitted from search results automatically. Many checkers do not have such an option, so citations should be then skipped manually. After cited text areas are excluded, Unicheck updates similarity score, so that teachers can get more relevant data.

Sharing reports. Suppose some student papers have too high similarity percentage. In such cases, teachers may want to share the checker’s findings with these students. It is very easy to do with Unicheck: teachers can forward reports via Gmail or share report links with students.

Customizing reports. When adjusting the Unicheck to the Google Classroom it is possible to tune the reports to the individual needs. Thus, the teacher can set the sensitivity rate to plagiarism for the checker to spot for (in the number of matched words of percentages). Also, it is possible to choose classes for which reports will be generated and select educators who will receive the reports.

What’s next?

So far, plagiarism can’t be detected with 100% accuracy. Checkers’ capacities are not limitless. They depend on matching algorithms checkers use and a number of sources they can access to detect content matches.

Still, finding reliable and affordable solutions like Unicheck is possible. Having them at one’s disposal is a big step towards improving quality and convenience of teachers and students’ work.

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