Unicheck explained (Case Scenarios)

Unicheck is a plagiarism detection software that finds similarities, citations and references in texts. In Brightspace it is an External Learning Tool.

Unicheck is not as integrated into the Assignments as Turnitin® was.

In this article you can review how Unicheck works and different case scenario on how to set the settings for Unicheck assignments with step-by-step instructions.  

It will replace Turnitin® starting from Period 3 (January 1st 2021).

Unicheck comparison


Unicheck Turnitin® Brightspace Assignments tool
GENERAL:
Files supported

Unicheck submission file requirements

Turnitin submission file requirements

Assignment submission file requirements

Similarity report (plagiarism) ✔️
✔️
-
Grading Through Brightspace Assignments tool
✔️
✔️
Submission Through Brightspace Assignments tool
✔️
✔️
Tool integrated in Brightspace - ✔️
✔️
ASSIGNMENT:
Creation How to create a Unicheck assignment
Tool available only until December 31, 2020. How to create an Assignment
Grading Through Brightspace Assignments tool
✔️ 
Grademark®
✔️
Originality Check® ✔️ 
(Similarity Check)
✔️
-
Rubrics  Through Brightspace Rubric tool ✔️
✔️
Quickmarks Commonly used Quickmarks inTurnitin
✔️
-
Feedback ✔️
✔️
✔️
ASSIGNMENT SETTINGS:
Exclude submissions from the institutional library ✔️
✔️
-
Auto exclude Citations and References ✔️  ✔️
-
Student precheck (the lecturers cannot view the reports) ✔️  - -
Students able to see Similarity scores ✔️  ✔️
n/a
Omission of sources (% of similarity and n# of words) ✔️
✔️
✔️
Submissions view Through Brightspace Assignments tool submission
✔️  ✔️

Unicheck default settings

There is a fixed set of options for an assignment via Unicheck to be checked upon: 

  • Submissions from the Institutional Library
  • Citations
  • References
  • Student pre-check
  • System similarity settings
  • Similarity results view option for students
Unicheck assignment  default settings

To access the settings and view the description of each please visit the article: Unicheck Assignment Settings

The settings of a Unicheck assignment can always be changed even after creation of the assignment.

Draft vs Final assignment in Unicheck (Case Scenarios)

Below you can review some scenarios of settings for using the Unicheck for an assignment.

You will need to create a Unicheck assignment for each Draft and Final Unicheck Assignments.

For Similarity report (plagiarism check) only

In the table below you can see the differences in settings when using Unicheck to generate Similarity reports only of a Draft version and Final version of an assignment.

Unicheck assignment settings (recommended) Draft Final

Exclude submissions from the Institutional Library

ON OFF

Auto Exclude Citations and References

Adjust the settings according to your preference Adjust the settings according to your preference

Student precheck

ON
OFF

System Similarity settings

Choose the % and number of words
Choose the % and number of words

Show or hide similarity results from student

OFF ON

For grading Unicheck assignment

Below you can see an overview of a recommended setup of course assignment activity when using Unicheck and wanting to grade the final outcome:

Step Assignment version Setup Lecturer Student
(Optional) DRAFT Unicheck Assignment Brightspace Assignments tool with:
  • Can see students’ submissions:
    • The document in Unicheck
    • The text comment of submission in Brightspace Assignment
  • Can see Similarity report
  • Can provide feedback via the Unicheck tool
  1. Submits to Unicheck link attached in the Brightspace Assignment
  2. Writes text in the Text Submission box of the Brightspace Assignment
1. FINAL Unicheck Assignment Brightspace Assignments tool with:
  • Can see students’ submissions:
    • The document in Unicheck
    • The text comment of submission in Brightspace Assignment
  • Can see Similarity report
  • Can provide feedback via the Unicheck tool
  1. Submits to Unicheck link attached in the Brightspace Assignment
  2. Writes text in the Text Submission box of the Brightspace Assignment
2. FINAL (or DRAFT) GRADED Unicheck Assignment Brightspace Assignments tool with:
  • Can attach a Brightspace Rubric
  • Can provide feedback via the Brightspace Rubric
  • Can grade using a Brightspace Grade item
  1. Submits to Brightspace Assignment

 

You now know about the Unicheck and some case scenarios of a Unicheck assignment in Brightspace!

For more on setting up an assignment with Unicheck please visit: How to create a Unicheck assignment

For more on setting up a Brightspace Assignment please visit: How to create an Assignment

You can subscribe to the Unicheck Training via the following link: https://esd.crs.wur.nl/courses/details/429