Ouriginal plagiarism plugin

Plagiarism ::: plagiarism_urkund
Maintained by Dan Marsden, Catalyst IT
Ouriginal (previously Urkund) is a commercial plagiarism prevention product - you must have a paid subscription to be able to use this plugin.
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Current versions available: 11

Ouriginal integrates with the Assignment, Forum and workship activities in Moodle and allows the user-submitted content to be checked for plagiarism.

Ouriginal is an award-winning software solution that combines text-matching with writing style analysis, enabling educators and users to assess the authenticity and originality of any text. It helps create an environment which fosters fairness and sparks creativity among students, facilitating personal development by unlocking their full potential.

Ouriginal was established in 2020 when two of the industry’s leading giants, Urkund and PlagScan, decided to join forces to improve academic integrity and promote original thinking. With more than three decades of combined knowledge and expertise, Ouriginal delivers cutting-edge technology that helps enhance the potential of students to think originally, saves time for teachers when evaluating assignments and assists corporates preserve their reputation.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company has additional offices in Cologne, Germany, and St. Louis, USA.


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  • Fri, Oct 2, 2015, 4:36 AM
    My bad, sorry about that, it works once I change it there. Thank you and have a great weekend!
  • Fri, Oct 2, 2015, 4:37 AM
    Great - you too!
  • Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 7:37 PM

    I am testing the Urkund plugin (downloaded with git) with Moodle 2.8
    All ok, but I have one question.
    We need to disable to add studentes files to the Urkund global database by default. Only add by default to our institution
    Is it possible?
  • Tue, Nov 10, 2015, 5:48 AM
    Hi Agustin,

    You can ask URKUND to modify the settings on your account so that the files only get stored within your institution. By default URKUND presents an opt-out link to the student allowing them to request that their assignment is excluded from the central URKUND storage system. This link appears in the e-mail they are sent and beside the similarity score shown in Moodle. The latest version of the plugin allows you to hide the opt-out links from the end-user and you can ask URKUND to configure your account as required.
  • Mon, Nov 30, 2015, 5:42 AM
    Hi Dan,

    Just wonder when you are planning to release 3.1.0? Is 3.0.0 (#96eb290) safe to use in production as I'm after Fix #36?

  • Mon, Nov 30, 2015, 6:40 AM
    Hey Tim, there are a lot of changes so I've been hoping a few people will help with some extended testing before I release it - University of Canberra and Howard Miller have already been doing some testing - I'd like to hear from anyone that is able to test group submissions well too.
  • Fri, Dec 4, 2015, 5:03 AM
    Hi Dan,

    No worries, I'm assisting Uni of Canberra testing the latest version smile
  • Sat, Jan 30, 2016, 2:50 PM
    Hi Dan, at some point would it be possible to place the % score in a separate column in the grading table so it could be sorted to highlight papers that needed attention?
  • Mon, Feb 1, 2016, 1:25 PM
    Hi Mike - could be a challenge there, I don't believe there are any plugins that push multiple "grade" items into the gradebook. The similarity score is not designed as a "Grade" and is really supporting information that should be used when a teacher is grading - which is usually done on the activity modules own grading page. The only exception to this would be the forum activity but there are other pieces of development under way that could add a grading page to the forum activity in future - see MDL-31860 for more info on this. Although I understand having the information in the grade report might be useful, I'm not convinced that it is the right place to put this as it should not be used as a "grade"
  • Mon, Feb 1, 2016, 3:47 PM
    thanks Dan, yes you might be right. I was thinking that it could perhaps be pushed to mod/assign/view.php gradingtable.php as an extra column in a similar way to the assignment feedback plugins. Perhaps thinking of the similarity score more as part of potential "feedback" rather than as a "grade"? anyway, just a thought after seeing an academic try to use it with a large class - many of the other columns are sortable in the table and he mentioned how much easier it would be to quickly scan for the submissions to have a further look at.
  • Tue, Feb 2, 2016, 9:18 AM
    Yes - I've thought about sorting before, unfortunately the way the assignment table is generated there isn't an easy way to influence the order based on plagiarism scores. Especially when a student submits more than one file which generates a report - it displays the assignments per-user rather than per-file. I guess we could write a custom report/page that displayed all submissions for a particular activity that had a score higher than a certain value but you would still need to perform the grading on the main page. In fact - rather than writing a custom report you could potentially use the configurable reports block (or similar) to run a report with the information if your organisation will allow you to use the sql-based reporting tools.
  • Mon, Feb 8, 2016, 11:02 AM
    HI Dan, thanks, yes I can see how it could be an issue. Never mind... for now smile We do use config reports and I did write up a quick report for him but it was more about ease of use and quick scanning in a v large class in the grading form.
  • Wed, Mar 2, 2016, 1:26 PM
    Hi Dan, we have https://github.com/danmarsden/moodle-plagiarism_urkund/tree/f85f55de700606c12508f944514d975db82b2a3a commit installed - 14 Jan.

    with the admin settings we had urkund enabled for all course module types but no longer want it enabled for forum, advanced forum or workshop. For existing instances of the modules, if the admin setting is set to no for then the course module settings do not display, so staff cannot switch urkund off for individual items. We can leave it enabled and advise to remove for each forum, but I wonder if there should be more granular settings for each module type in the admin settings? We want to make it enabled by default and switched on for assignment and optional but still enabled for the others eg

    Enabled for Assign, Urkund Defaults: Yes (urkund form appears in module),
    Enabled for Forum, Urkund Defaults: No (urkund form appears in module),
    Disabled for workshop (defaults to no, urkund form does not appear in module) etc.

    Make sense?
  • Thu, Mar 3, 2016, 6:03 AM
    Hi Mike, makes sense and I understand it would be useful. If you have someone internally that can make the changes and file a pull request I can merge it with the current code-base - alternatively make sure you let Urkund know about your feature request and they might add it to the next piece of feature work they get me to work on. Thanks!
  • Fri, Mar 4, 2016, 2:13 PM
    No worries Dan, we have done some basic changes involving setting the module form to appear at all times, but using the enable activity control on the first tab to set the default setting to Y or N. Perhaps only solves our use case though... will revisit next week and file a pull request when it's ready.
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