Last updated: Feb 20, 2017

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The Unplag Plugin for Moodle LMS

Designed based on educators’ feedback, Unplag is a plagiarism detection engine helping educators spot plagiarism and assist in
teaching students to write originally.

To start using the app, please register at https://unplag.com or get in touch with the sales team via sales@unplag.com. It takes a
few minutes to set up your account and get the ball rolling. This plugin integrates with assignment, forum and workshop activities
in Moodle to check user-submitted content for plagiarism.

For more information about the Unplag plugin, please visit the Moodle plugin database page at https://moodle.org/plugins/plagiarism_unplag

Integration with Moodle Activities

The Unplag plugin works with the following Moodle activities:

  1. Assignment
  2. Forum
  3. Workshop

Unplag automatically produces a plagiarism report for each student submission.

The Assignment Activity

How to Enable and Configure Unplag in the Moodle Assignment

Unplag plugin supports both online text and file submission. Create Moodle assignment and navigate to Unplag plagiarism
plugin section to adjust the settings.

Note: to use Unplag plugin, first set option Require students click submit button to Yes (Submissions settings).

Enable Unplag

Enable the Unplag Plugin for the Particular Assignment Activity. Note, to use Unplag plugin, first set option Require students click submit button to Yes (Submissions settings).

Check all submitted assignments

When enabled, all submissions in the current assignment will be checked for plagiarism (scan will start automatically in a minute or so). If disabled, instructor will have an option to manually start a scan for individual students or groups.

Exclude submissions from the Institutional Library

When enabled, submissions will not be recorded in the Institutional Library (technically speaking, they will be marked as ‘drafts’). Use this feature to create ‘Draft’ assignments.

Submissions in current assignment will not be compared against each other. Also, submissions in other assignments will not be compared against submissions in current assignment.

Check types for plagiarism

  • Doc vs Internet - scans submission vs Internet (pages and files)
  • Doc vs Library - scans submission vs institution’s Unplag account (previous submissions as well as documents uploaded to Unplag.com account)
  • Doc vs Internet + Library - scans submission vs Internet and Library at the same time and produces combined report.

Show a similarity score to the student

  • No - a similarity score will never be shown to students.
  • Yes - a similarity score will always be shown to students after submitted papers are scanned by Unplag.

Show a similarity report to the student

  • No - a similarity report will never be shown to students.
  • Yes - a similarity report will always be shown to students after submitted papers are scanned by Unplag.

Hide sources with a match less than (%)

Unplag similarity detection algorithm can find resources as small as 8 words phrase coincidence can be detected. Use this feature to make search less sensible.

For example, entering "1" will display only those sources, where the percentage of similarity is 1% or more. It is recommended to work with 0% settings first to understand from experience whether you need to use this option.

Auto exclude Citations & References

Enable this option to find and exclude properly formatted citations and references. Identified citations and references will not be scanned for similarity.

Remember to save the assignment settings.

Once the assignment is published and becomes available, students can submit files. The Unplag report will be generated
automatically. If a similarity score and report are visible to students, clicking on the chain icon will open the Unplag report.

How do I Know if the Unplag Report for the Checked Student Submission is Available?

The assignment page has the Submitted counter, which shows number of submissions which require attention.

Click View/grade all submissions to view the submission results.

Students who have submitted papers will have the Submitted for grading status. When the Unplag report has been generated
for the student submission, you will see the Unplag icon next to the file, as well as a similarity rate and link to the report. Click on
the
chain icon to open the Unplag report.

Interpreting the Unplag Report

Citations are highlighted with blue color and can be excluded from the originality report (an originality/similarity score is changed
accordingly). Enable this option on the
Exclude tab. Unplag recognizes most commonly used styles, including APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian.

Note: user can enable/disable every citation individually.

References are highlighted with purple and can be excluded from the originality report (an originality/similarity score is adjusted
accordingly). Enable this option on the
Exclude tab.

How do I provide feedback to a student based on Unplag report results?

Option#1

Teachers can annotate directly on the students’ submissions, using a native Moodle LMS annotation tool (works with PDF, docx
or odt files and text submissions when Comment inline option is enabled)
. A link to Unplag report will be displayed next to the
submitted file(s). Learn more.

Option#2

Alternatively, teachers can use a built-in Commenting mode feature of Unplag report:

Select an area in the student text, and type in a comment, click Post to save the comment:

Create new comments, edit or delete existing ones. When finished, click Publish comments to let a student see the comments
(until published, comments are also not included in the Unplag 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.

Option#3

If you'd like to download student original submission, and annotate it using a local tool like MS Word, you can upload the file with
comments as part of the teacher's feedback. This is a standard feature of Moodle, so you won't be uploading the feedback to
Unplag directly.

To enable Feedback files, select the checkbox in the assignment settings:

Grading the Assignment

Grade the assignment using the standard Moodle grading tools.

How do I Download the Unplag Report in .pdf?

Open the Unplag report and click Generate Report button. Once a report is ready, the button name will change to Download
Report
and the color of the button will change to blue. Click on the button to download a PDF report.

Do I Need to Sign Up for the Individual Unplag Account to Use the
Unplag LTI App?

No, instructors don’t need to have individual Unplag accounts (although they may have them). Once the administrator of the
LMS installs the Unplag plugin for the organization, it is available for all instructors and students.

How to Scan Previous Submissions for Plagiarism Using Unplag Plugin

You might want to scan submissions that have occurred prior to installation, enablement or use of Unplag plugin. To do this,
enable Unplag plugin for specific assignment and choose whether you want to scan all submissions in the assignment at once or
select specific submissions and launch a scan manually.

When you set Check all submitted assignments = Yes, all submissions will be scanned automatically (scans do not start
immediately, it may take a minute or so). When option is set to No, instructor has a choice of which submissions to scan
manually.


Manual scan

Open the assignment/Grading summary and click View/grade all submissions. For submissions that were not previously scanned
by Unplag,
Start a scan button will be shown. Click the button and the file will be sent to Unplag for similarity check. Once a report
is ready, similarity rate and the report will be displayed next to the submission as usual (repeat for every file you need to scan).

What File Types Are Supported?

If students are allowed to upload multiple files to the assignment, they can attach several files, including a zip archive in a single
assignment:

For a zip archive, we will show a report with 2 tabs: first tab lists all of the files in a zip archive and status of the report. Report
ready
 means that Unplag report has been successfully generated for a file. Otherwise - we will indicate an error or an explanation
why the file was skipped in our check.

Click on a file name to view the report.

The Forum Activity

Open the forum settings and navigate to the Unplag plagiarism plugin section.

Enable Unplag

Enable the Unplag Plugin for the Particular Assignment Activity.

Check types for plagiarism

  • Doc vs Internet - scans submission vs Internet (pages and files)
  • Doc vs Library - scans submission vs institution’s Unplag account (previous submissions as well as documents uploaded to Unplag.com account)
  • Doc vs Internet + Library - scans submission vs Internet and Library at the same time and produces combined report.

Show a similarity score to the student

  • Never - a similarity score will never be shown to students.
  • Always - a similarity score will always be shown to students after submitted papers are scanned by Unplag.

Show a similarity report to the student

  • Never - a similarity report will never be shown to students.
  • Always - a similarity report will always be shown to students after submitted papers are scanned by Unplag.

Hide sources with a match less than (%)

Unplag similarity detection algorithm can find resources as small as 8 words phrase coincidence can be detected. Use this feature to make search less sensible.

For example, entering "1" will display only those sources, where the percentage of similarity is 1% or more. It is recommended to work with 0% settings first to understand from experience whether you need to use this option.

Auto exclude Citations & References

Enable this option to find and exclude properly formatted citations and references. Identified citations and references will not be scanned for similarity.

Remember to save the settings.

When students post replies on the forum, the Unplag report will be automatically generated for the posted text and files. Click
the
chain icon to view a detailed Unplag report.

Please note, usually, students have the ability to edit posts in Forum activity. For every post edit, Unplag will generate a new report. If a score and a report are visible to a student, and similarity % is high, a user may be tempted to edit the post to decrease total similarity %. Be careful when opening visibility of Unplag report and score to students. To prevent abuse, you may want to hide Unplag results from students (or at least hide results before the activity is closed).

The Workshop Activity

Unplag report can be generated for online text or online text + file submission. Note, student submissions will be scanned for
plagiarism only after the assignment is switched to
Assessment phase (in this phase students can no longer amend the
submissions).

Make sure to enable visibility of similarity results to students if you want them to see Unplag results when they assess each other.

A student can see/access Unplag report for his/her peer if allowed by teacher:

I Want to Suggest a Feature, Provide Feedback

Feel free to contact Unplag account manager and suggest improvements or provide feedback. We’ll do our best to improve the product/service based on your suggestions.