Plagiarism: URKUND plagiarism plugin

Maintained by Picture of Dan MarsdenDan Marsden, Picture of Catalyst ITCatalyst IT
URKUND is a commercial Plagiarism Prevention product owned by PrioInfo AB - you must have a paid subscription to be able to use this plugin.
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Urkund integrates with the Assignment, Forum and workship activities in Moodle and allows the user-submitted content to be checked for Plagiarism.

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  • Picture of Mike Nodding
    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.
  • Picture of Mike Nodding
    Wed, Mar 2, 2016, 1:26 PM
    Hi Dan, we have 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?
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    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!
  • Picture of Mike Nodding
    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.
  • Picture of Samir Patel
    Fri, Apr 8, 2016, 8:32 PM
    Seeking a little help here -- the plugin has been installed and activated. When an editingteacher sets up an assignment, it shows up as a option "URKUND plagiarism plugin' for the assignment activity set up. However, the 'Receiver address' box is grayed out and has an 'X' to the right of the box. I do not think I have set this as a default and locked it anywhere so I am not sure why this is the case. Without this, although the editingteacher is ok to set up the assignment, and a student is able to submit an assignment, it never gets checked (submitted to urkund). It shows up in the URKUND plugin Debugging tab as a status '444'. There, if I click on resubmit, it shows the error: "URKUND fileid:1 sending to URKUND ERROR: no receiver address found for this cm: 8 Skipping file". Any suggestions?
  • Picture of Mike Nodding
    Fri, Apr 15, 2016, 5:01 PM
    Dan, sorry, re my last comment things have pushed this down the list - will revisit soon! cheers Mike.
  • Picture of Paul Nijbakker
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016, 5:30 PM
    Hi Dan and others, I am prodded to upgrade to the plugin version 3.2.3 our site being Moodle 3.0. However, I wonder if that plugin version will work with PHP 5.4.16, since supported software lists PHP 5.6.
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016, 5:06 AM
    Hi Paul,

    it should work but I don't do any testing on PHP 5.4 myself. I have just added PHP 5.4 and 5.5 to the automated travis-ci checks on the urkund repo (I had previously removed them to speed up the tests) Let me know if you have any issues though. You can see the results of the travis tests here:
  • Picture of Paul Nijbakker
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016, 7:26 PM
    Hi Dan, Thanks for the prompt reply!
  • Picture of Simon Heissler
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 8:28 PM
    Hi - a usability question: Is it just the teacher with the reciever adress who is able to see the urkundreports or do all teachers who have access to the course have the ability to see the urkundreports? thanks in advance/Simon
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 5:55 PM
    By default all teachers can view reports but you can control this using Moodle capabilities and customise Moodle roles to allow/prevent access if required.
  • Picture of Dario Roig Garcia
    Wed, Sep 27, 2017, 7:22 PM
    Hi Dan, we are thinking to add urkund support to the folder activity. In our case the students can upload files to the folder activity. What do you think about that? Are there any API to do that. Greetings
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Thu, Sep 28, 2017, 8:23 AM
    Hi Dario, that sounds interesting. I presume you are doing this because you want all students in the course to see the files that have been uploaded. The plagiarism API in Moodle does not provide the ability for you to send the files uploaded using the folder activity. You could potentially use the forum activity to achieve a similar goal by getting your students to upload the files as attachements to forum posts and enable urkund within the forum activity but it would not provide the same sort of display you get from the folder activity.

    We could probably do some custom development for you that might suit your needs a bit better - contact me privately if you are interested and i can put together some estimates.
  • Picture of Maya Birch
    Tue, May 19, 2020, 5:36 PM
    I have recently taken on the Moodle Admin role unexpectedly and still learning. A teacher has asked me this:

    What happens with assessments that can't be URKUNDED because of their format?

    Would anyone be able to shed light on this?
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Tue, May 19, 2020, 5:41 PM
    @Maya - that's a question best sent through to your Urkund support contact. It depends what you mean by "format" - Moodle won't send files to urkund that are not supported by their API so you won't get a report for these files.
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