Teacher guide: Unicheck plugin (Sakai LMS)
- How to Enable and Configure Unicheck in the Sakai Assignment
- How do I Know if the Unicheck Report for the Checked Student Submission is Available?
- Interpreting Unicheck similarity results
- How do I provide feedback to a student based on Unicheck report results?
- Grading the Assignment
- How do I Download the Unicheck Report in .pdf?
- Do I Need to Sign Up for the Individual Unicheck Account to Use Unicheck in
- I Want to Suggest a Feature, Provide Feedback
The Unicheck Plugin for Sakai LMS
Designed based on educators’ feedback, Unicheck is a similarity detection engine that helps educators spot similarities and
assists in teaching students to write originally. This plugin integrates with the Sakai Assignment activity to check user-submitted
text content for similarities.
To start using the plugin, please register at unicheck.com or get in touch with the sales team via email - firstname.lastname@example.org. It takes
few minutes to set up a free trial account and get the ball rolling.
Integration with Sakai Activities
The Unicheck plugin (Unplag Plagiarism Service is a previous name) works with the Assignment activity within Sakai LMS. Unicheck automatically produces a similarity report for each student submission.
Site → Assignments → Add new assignment:
Viewing similarity results:
How to Enable and Configure Unicheck in the Sakai Assignment
Create a new Sakai assignment:
Under Unicheck Plagiarism Service section, enable Unicheck in the assignment, and optionally, allow students to view their reports:
How do I Know if the Unicheck Report for the Checked Student Submission is Available?
In the Assignment List, open submissions for a given assignment:
Submission for which Unicheck report is ready will have a ‘report icon’ next to the file name:
Hover over the icon to see the similarity %. Click on the icon to open Unicheck report in a new tab:
Interpreting Unicheck similarity results
Unicheck report uses several colors:
Click on the marked area in the report to see a matched source (alternatively, click on a source in the list to show a matched text):
Click Omit source icon to filter out specific matched source:
To include omitted source, scroll down and click Include source icon:
Click View original source icon to view a matched text in the source:
It will take a minute or so to load the source. Click Show plagiarism sections, to browse matches one by one. If you do not see a match on the page, use Show hidden text switch to view the page in plain text mode:
If Auto Exclude Citations and References option is turned ON in the Unicheck assignment settings, citations and references will
be filtered out automatically. To manually filter out citations and references, go to Exclude tab and turn on/off the feature.
Citations identified by Unicheck are marked with blue background color (Unicheck identifies MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian and Harvard styles):
To turn off a specific citation, click Omit citation icon:
To turn on a citation, click Enable this citation icon:
References identified by Unicheck are marked with violet background color:
Please note, when Exclude options for citations/references are ON, similarity % will be updated accordingly:
Letters with character replacement and other forms of cheating (font/encoding replacement etc.) are highlighted with bold red formatting
with underline. Unicheck reverses replaced encoding and searches for similarities. If match is found - a source is included in the report.
Character replacement typically indicates a cheating attempt.
How do I provide feedback to a student based on Unicheck report results?
To add annotations to Unicheck similarity report, teachers can use a Commenting mode feature of Unicheck report:
Select an area in the student text, and type in a comment, click Post to save the comment:
When finished adding the comments, click Publish comments to let a student see new comments (until published, comments are also not
included in the Unicheck PDF report):
Student will see a notification when new comments are posted:
Selecting specific comment will automatically scroll the report to the relevant place in the document.
Additionally, teachers can send feedback using Sakai built-in feedback feature:
Grading the Assignment
Unicheck assignments are graded as normal Sakai assignments - individually or in bulk.
Click on a student name in the Assignment users list to grade individual submission:
How do I Download the Unicheck Report in .pdf?
Open the Unicheck report and click Generate Report button. Once PDF report is ready, the button name will change to Download
Report. Click on it to download a PDF report.
Do I Need to Sign Up for the Individual Unicheck Account to Use Unicheck in Sakai assignment?
No, neither Instructors nor Students need to have individual Unicheck accounts. Once LMS Administrator installs Unicheck plugin (for specific Sakai Site), Unicheck becomes available to all participants (i.e. instructors) in that Site.
I Want to Suggest a Feature, Provide Feedback
Feel free to contact Unicheck account manager and suggest improvements or provide feedback. We’ll do our best to improve the
product/service based on your suggestions.