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New Unplag Update for LMS Users

Have More Coffee Breaks with a New Unplag Update: Save Settings for All Assignments with One Click

What do you value the most in LMS apps when creating another assignment for students or grading their papers? One of the choice criteria is sure to be its “labor-saving” feature. This is what our team calls “striving for a positive user-experience at all costs.” And this is the main reason why a new Unplag update has been released. It allows saving settings for all assignments in a course with just one click.

This way you avoid adjusting settings for each assignment individually. Isn’t it labor-saving?

How to Use the Newly Rolled Out Feature?

Accessible to all educators checking student papers with Unplag in their LMS accounts, this feature was primarily designed to facilitate your daily work when creating another assignment in LMS and save a great deal of your precious time to have more coffee breaks or friendly chats a day.

Adjust plagiarism search settings only once and apply them to all other assignments you create in a course. How? Click the Save for All Assignments in the Course button as shown on the screenshot below.

Save plagiarism search settings for all assignments in one click

How Else Can You Benefit from the Feature?

When integrated with your LMS, Unplag can be accessed by the admin of your academic institution too. Earlier after copying a course it wasn’t possible to choose settings to be applied for all assignments in it. But now the admin can do this. The steps to be followed are simple: copy a course, enable necessary settings for any of the assignments, and save chosen plagiarism search settings for all of them. To copy a course content, your admin can choose either of the two suggested options as demonstrated on the screenshot.

Copy a course with all settings saved

What Other Updates Have We Launched so Far?

We do our best to be responsive and implement new system updates as soon as possible for you to feel more at ease when using the Unplag functionality. Here’s what our team has also managed to do. Keep following us to be timely informed about all recent upgrades!

Self-Plagiarism Exclusion Feature

Still Keep Guessing Whether a Student Re-used a Paper? Unplag Can Clear Up Your Doubts!

As an educator, you have definitely come across recycled student papers not once. To bring self-plagiarism accusations against the cheaters may take much time, since you need to ensure that your proof is really irrefutable. Not all plagiarism checkers available for LMS use can tackle the issue. Though students can also become victims of an unjust plagiarism checker verdict when their final submissions are falsely considered as re-used ones just because students were allowed to pre-check their papers before sending them for grading.

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Use Unplag in Blackboard Learn

Unplag is Now Available for Blackboard Learn Users

Good news for all educators using Blackboard Learn™. The Unplag plagiarism checker has recently become available for use within Blackboard Learn courses. So, if you are a fan of integrated tools within Blackboard Learn, it’s high time to register an account at and see it in action. It can be done either on one’s own or under the supervision of the Unplag team.

Once the registration is completed, you’ll get access to the institution account at To activate the LTI app in Blackboard Learn, your LMS administrator should obtain the API key and secret (which can be found in the API Settings section of your Unplag account) and make initial setup. That’s all you need to get started.

What Educators Should Start With: Assignment Settings

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Unplag at Instructurecon 2016

Unplag at Instructurecon 2016: the Most Curious Facts and Our Impressions

Known for its 3,000-mile long Colorado Rockies and the world’s largest Rodeo show, this year Colorado has turned into an even more popular place thanks to numerous Canvas fans who came here to take part in InstructureCon 2016. No wonder that their overall amount was so big, since Canvas LMS is now being used by more than 2,000 academic institutions from all over the world.

Held throughout July 18-21, the event took place in Keystone, a town being a perfect fit for skiers, hikers and summer visitors. Inspired by the attractive look of the surroundings, the Canvas team chose a summer edcamp format for the 2016 conference.

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Unplag integrates with Schoology

Now The Schoology Users Can Also Make the Most of Unplag

The time to announce another LMS integration has come! Now Unplag has become available for 12 million of the Schoology users. Thus, instructors will be able to strengthen academic success of  students by giving advice on how each submitted paper can be improved after being checked for similarities.

Let’s move on to some specific possibilities the Schoology LMS users get by using the Unplag App.

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Сommenting feature by Unplag

A Commenting Feature by Unplag Allows for Better Interaction with Students

A recently rolled out commenting feature is a win for educators using Unplag as corporate users. It allows commenting on any part of the assignment submitted by the student and share feedback or provide individual recommendations in a matter of seconds. Commenting is supported in all LMSs Unplag is currently integrated with including Canvas and Moodle for no extra charge.

Thanks to this update, educators can now advise students on how to improve their assignments, suggest consulting additional sources to carry out an extensive research, list a number of rules students need to review, and more. Wonder if commenting is really helpful and easy-to-use? Let’s read on to figure it out and see how it looks inside every educator’s account.

How does it work?

Once the Unplag commenting feature is activated, an educator can select any paragraph or sentence in a student paper and type in a message in a text box, as it is shown in the screenshot below. Its maximum length should be up to 1,500 characters.

Type in 1500-character comments

The number of comments isn’t limited. All of them can be edited or deleted at any moment. When posted, students get notified and can view them in the read-only mode. Simple as that.

How to enable the commenting feature?

First off, click the Commenting Mode button to be able to add comments. Next, select any text area and leave your advice in the pop-up window as it was explained and shown above. And finally, click any already posted comment in the text body or in the comments list on the right to change or remove it.

Each comment is numbered and highlighted in pink, so that you can easily navigate them whereas your students can quickly find sentences or passages that need editing.

Edit or delete comments

What is to be released next?

The Unplag commenting feature is just a part of yet-to-be-released updates which will make communication among educators and students more personalized and engaging, since every student can get copious advice on how to hone writing skills and improve overall performance. Thus, the Unplag team is going to launch an editing tool.

EUNIS 2016

The EUNIS 2016 Congress through the Eyes of the Unplag Team

This summer has turned to be very hot for our Unplag team not only because of the heat slowly melting our brains, but also because of an impressive list of international conferences and expos we’ve attended so far and are going to take part in.

Thus, in the very beginning of June our team participated in the EUNIS 2016 Congress hosted in the picturesque Thessaloniki, Greece. This event brought together lots of experts involved into the process of creation, development and management of IT projects in higher education. It was a perfect opportunity for networking and exchanging advice on how to overcome obstacles when going digital and be more helpful to educational institutions.

Additionally, the keynote speakers spoke out on the issues related to IT benchmarking, e-learning analytics, student mobility, personal learning environments, and more.

As we wrote in one of our previous posts, the EUNIS Congress was attended by Anastasia Parokha, CEO at Unplag, and Kristina Zakharchenko, the Head of Sales Dept. at Unplag. During the event they exchanged ideas, knowledge and experience as well as met with John O’Brien and Bruce Maas from EDUCAUSE, who made a long way to welcome and speak out to the attendees of the Rectors Conference.

Next time the event will take place in Münster, Germany, and we do hope to be part of EUNIS 2017 too (here you can also read a post written by Anastasia) and for the further development of Unplag as a student-focused tool helping write originally.

P.S.: If you happen to be at ISTE 2016, the Premier Education Technology Conference, in Denver, the USA, come and meet our team at the booth 3547 on June 27-29, 2016. We’d gladly demonstrate how Unplag works in practice and answer all the questions you might have.

Unplag Updates for Canvas Users

You Deserve a Better User-Experience: Updated Unplag Interface and Commenting Mode in Canvas

The Unplag team is never tired to pleasantly surprise you. Now it’s  the turn of numerous Canvas users! All the educational institutions making use of the Canvas LMS are highly welcome to install the Unplag app (if you haven’t done it yet) and make the most of the enhanced Unplag functionality.

It now has a newly updated interface and similarity report as well as a commenting feature to help educators share their feedback with students in a quick and simple way. And the latter will definitely help educators using Canvas increase student engagement.

Let’s have a closer look at these updates.

What can Canvas users find inside Unplag reports?

Once a student assignment is checked with Unplag, an educator receives a detailed and interactive similarity report. It includes information on:

  • originality and similarity rate of the submitted writing,
  • list of matching sources (each of them is provided with a similarity percentage for educators to see how much material was copied from a particular source),
  • percentage of citations and references found in the paper,
  • statistics on citations/references/sources excluded from the report (if there are any).

All the unoriginal text areas are highlighted, so that educators can navigate the report with ease.

When clicking any highlighted sentence in the scanned paper, the source it matches will also be highlighted in the list of sources as it is shown in the screenshot below.

Duplicated sources and text matches are highlighted

When citations and references detection is enabled, educators will have citations highlighted in blue and references – in purple. If a source contains minor word matches, an educator can click the cross icon to exclude it from the search results (it will be then shown in the omitted sources list).

On top of this, an educator can also see word matches in the original source by clicking the View original source icon.

View matches in each original source text

For educators to better understand how much cited material was mentioned by students in their assignments, there’s an option allowing to exclude citations and references from the search results. When activated, similarity and originality percentage will be immediately recalculated.

Should a student decide to cheat the tool and replace some of the characters with their twins from other alphabets, Unplag will highlight them in red and perform accurate check regardless of the trick.

Does Unplag support the SpeedGrader mode in Canvas?

The answer is a definite “yes”.  The moment SpeedGrader is opened, an educator will see a student submission checked by Unplag on the left and a SpeedGrader menu on the right. Browse students’ submissions (Unplag reports) with ease and grade them immediately in the SpeedGrader menu.

Unplag allows using SpeedGrader to grade papers checked for plagiarism

How to comment on a student paper?

By clicking the Commenting Mode button, educators can share their feedback on submitted papers. To do this, select a particular text area and leave a comment in a pop-up window.

Educators then can edit and remove comments whenever they need, whereas students can only review them and get notified of the newly added ones.

Commenting on checked student papers

Wrapping it all up

These are not the only features available inside educators’ accounts. Thus, educators using Unplag can set a number of draft checks, so that students can make sure they cited all the sources before submitting their papers for evaluation.

Willing to know more about new Unplag upgrades? Then, keep following our blog news and address your questions straight to our customer support team!

Or join us for the upcoming webinar on July 14th, 11:00 (MST). It will be held especially for Canvas users! Anastasia Parokha, Unplag CEO, will reveal all about tricks students often apply to cheat plagiarism checkers, speak on recent technology advances in detecting cheaters, and more.

Seize the opportunity to talk to us and make friends. :-)