Dropbox Originality Check

Match text from written assignments to text from worldwide sources with Urkund


Dear Colleagues,
In the coming months, VU will be among the world’s first in receiving some of the new tool enhancements.

Ouriginal Metrics (Beta) Monday 19th July

This addition to Ouriginal will analyse students writing styles and patterns, and provide indicators for anomalies. The tool is directly aimed at combating cheating or ghostwriting. The ten attributes of writing styles are sentence length, reading level, formality, the proportion of rare words, speech diversity, punctuation frequency, character distribution, lexical originality and word length vectors.

Note: The metrics will require three new submissions from students to begin to function once the tool is activated. Due to limitations in the current integration, Submitter Average (individual student) analysis will function, but the Class Average analysis will not.

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Cross-Language Text Matching (Beta) ETA Late-August/September

This component of Ouriginal will match the content that has been translated from one language to another. Similar solutions that match text across languages first translate the text to English, and then search English sources for matches.  Currently, CLTM is available for text submitted in English, Swedish, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Japanese and Danish. The suite of languages will increase over time.

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Ability to filter reports by Allocate+ or Assessment Groups ETA August

The ability to filter on VU Collaborate Groups will be warmly welcomed, particularly for units with a large number of students/classes. Currently, you can only filter by assessment dropbox, similarity score, submission date, and VU Collaborate Sections (location/course).

Ouriginality Check is a text-matching software that is used to detect plagiarism. It compares dropbox submissions with sources from student assignments, journals, textbooks and websites for similarities. 

Ouriginal (Urkund) was founded in 2000 and placed best overall for the combination of usability and coverage by a recently published report by the European Network for Academic Integrity; it has also recently merged with its closest competitor (Plagscan).  Foltýnek, T., Dlabolová, D., Anohina-Naumeca, A. et al. Testing of support tools for plagiarism detection. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 17, 46 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-020-00192-4

Past student work submitted to Turnitin will be transferred to Ouriginal so that they can continue to be matched against. In addition to matching to past student work and the Internet, Ouriginal is integrated with publishers, including WILEY, Springer, CENGAGE, Elsevier, IEEE, Taylor & Francis Group, and Emerald Group. 

Training is available through the training and support calendar and the VU Collaborate guides can be found below.

You can also look into this manual created by Ouriginal (Urkund) experts for strategies for discussing academic integrity and plagiarism with students. It has some great explanations and examples. Urkund also has a lot of its own resources.  Have a look at them in the Ouriginal Knowledge Hub.

Students can upload a document to the Student Induction space to obtain an originality check score indication before submitting it to the real dropbox in the unit they are taking. Staff also have this option in the VU Collaborate Essentials space.    When submitting an assignment in the dropbox in either of those spaces, your document will be deleted and not indexed by default. However, when viewing the Originality Report, there is an option to “Opt-out”. You mustn't select the option this or the following option “Do not delete my document". This will make your submission matchable against itself when submitting to another dropbox. A 100% match back to your first submission could occur.


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