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  • Improved support for Spanish document parsing, accessibility, large courses and more

    We have updated VeriCite to enhance parsing and detection of Spanish documents. This update also includes paging, accessibility, and over 100 small improvements.

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v9.0 released

    The VeriCite Moodle plugin version 9.0 is now available. Version 9.0 has been tested against Moodle 2.7 through Moodle 3.3 and adds new security features and minor bug fixes. Version 9.0 can be downloaded from the Moodle plugins directory.

  • Accessibility improvements and some bug fixes

    We have updated VeriCite to include accessibility improvements as well as some minor bug fixes.

  • VeriCite's new user interface is now available

    We’re excited to announce the release of the new VeriCite UI, redesigned for improved ease of use, functionality, and accessibility.

    Take note…

    1. The current UI will be phased out by August 1, 2017.
    2. Starting today administrators can upgrade their campus to the new UI at your convenience by submitting a request to support@vericite.com. On August 1, 2017 anyone who has not moved to the new UI will be upgraded automatically.
    3. As part of the new UI roll-out, we are hosting a series of monthly training sessions for faculty and administrators. You can register here.

    Video and documentation:
    New UI Preview Video
    New UI Instructor Documentation
    New UI Student Documentation

  • Improved scoring algorithm

    We’ve enhanced the scoring algorithms with improved contextual awareness and report accuracy. The improved algorithms went into effect early this morning and applies to all reports from the past two months.

  • VeriCite LTI now integrates with Canvas SpeedGrader

    VeriCite LTI (external tool) assignments created in Canvas now integrate with SpeedGrader. When a student submits a paper to VeriCite, the reports will automatically load in Canvas’ SpeedGrader for instructors.

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v7.0 released

    The VeriCite Moodle plugin version 7.0 is now available. Version 7.0 has been tested against Moodle 3.2 and adds new features and bug fixes, including the ability to hide specific VeriCite settings from instructors while still allowing institutional defaults. We have also added an institutional control to choose whether preliminary scores are revealed to the user. Version 7.0 can be downloaded from the Moodle plugins directory.

  • Coming Soon: A New UI for VeriCite

    We’ve been hard at work improving VeriCite!

    Over the last three years, we’ve received some great suggestions from our users about ways to make VeriCite even better. Client feedback, combined with a growing list of items in our product roadmap, inspired us to reimagine the VeriCite user interface (UI). Our goal was to redesign the UI for improved ease of use, functionality, and accessibility. That was the start of our new UI project.

    For the past year we’ve been working with a user experience firm to evaluate the VeriCite UI and conduct a series of usability tests on proposed changes. This usability research, along with faculty and student input from several major universities, has guided us in streamlining and improving the overall user interface. Accessibility is just as important as usability, so we’ve just completed a comprehensive, third-party review of VeriCite’s compliance with standards to meet the needs of users with disabilities.

    Our new UI project has been steadily advancing and we are very excited about the new look and feel of VeriCite. Currently, we are running a limited number of pilots at a few select institutions. We plan to make the new UI available over the summer in order to give you time to get familiar with the changes. As part of the new UI roll-out, we are hosting monthly training sessions for faculty and administrators. The current UI will be phased out by August 1st, 2017.

    Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming release.

  • New admin statistic added

    We have added an additional statistic to our admin tool:

    • Active Users in last 365 days: Once a day, the number of active users within the past 365 days is calculated and recorded.

    To learn more and see the full list of statistics, go to our help documentation: How do I view VeriCite statistics as an admin?

  • New admin settings available to adjust privacy for matching student paper information

    VeriCite reports limit the information shown in matching student paper submissions to ensure that FERPA and other privacy regulations are strictly enforced. By default, the instructor of the course in which the paper was submitted has access to all of the user and submission details, but other instructors at the institution see only that there is a match and the paper ID of the matching student submission. If you wish to modify these settings so that all instructors have access to additional paper details, the VeriCite Admin may do so in the Settings area. Any changes made here are system-wide for your instance. You can learn more in our help documentation

  • New and seamless integration with Canvas now available for all Canvas users

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR VERICITE USERS?

    Our primary goal has always been to simplify the plagiarism detection process so instructors can focus on teaching. The new integration with Canvas does just that!

    By extending the VeriCite-Canvas integration beyond LTI, we’re able to offer a much more streamlined process - one that doesn’t duplicate LMS workflows. VeriCite functionality is now embedded in the Canvas tools that are so important to Canvas users, such as SpeedGrader, Assignments, Grades, Rubrics, Permissions and more, creating a seamless user experience for both faculty and students.

    HOW TO GET STARTED WITH THE NEW CANVAS INTEGRATION

    Whether you’re already using VeriCite as an LTI tool with Canvas or are just getting started, you can implement the native Canvas integration by following our step-by-step instructions.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
    http://help.vericite.com/m/canvas
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45ag8wbsH_FJ6uy8k79TF5kt2kYIeLzi

  • New admin statistics

    We have added additional statistics to our admin tool:

    • Score Distribution: We have consolidated the score distribution statistics into a single histogram. Scores are broken up and tallied in 10 percent increments. You can choose the following date spans: past 30 days, 90 days, 180 days, and 1 year.
    • Average Report Score: Average report score: daily, hourly, and 5 minutes.

    To learn more and see the full list of statistics, go to our help documentation: How do I view VeriCite statistics as an admin?

  • Match inspection feature added to improve contextual display

    We have added a new feature that will automatically hide non-matching sentences when inspecting a report match. When you select a sentence in the report to view matching sources, you will only see the matching sentences and some contextual sentences. A new link has been added to reveal the hidden sentences if you wish to view the full matching source.

  • New admin statistics added

    We have added additional statistics to view in our admin tool:

    • Active Users in last 30 days: Once a week, the unique active users in the past 30 days are calculated and recorded.
    • Comments and Annotations: When an instructor or TA adds or modifies a paper comment or annotation.
    • Score Dist 0-15%: The number of reports where the similarity score falls between 0% and 15%.
    • Score Dist 16-30%: The number of reports where the similarity score score falls between 16% and 30%.
    • Score Dist 31-60%: The number of reports where the similarity score falls between 31% and 60%.
    • Score Dist 61-100%: The number of reports where the similarity score falls between 61% and 100%.
    • View Report - All: The number of reports viewed by any user.
    • View Report - Student: The number of reports viewed by students.

    To learn more and see the full list of statistics, go to our help documentation: How do I view VeriCite statistics as an admin?

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v6.0 released

    The VeriCite Moodle plugin version 6.0 is now available. Version 6.0 includes two new VeriCite options while creating an assignment or forum. 1) Exclude Self Plagiarism: This option allows instructors to choose whether student papers will be checked against their own previous submissions in the same course. 2) Store in Institutional Index: This option allows instructors to choose whether student papers will be stored in the institutional index to be used to match against other student papers in their institution. Version 6.0 can be downloaded from the Moodle plugins directory.

  • Canvas LTI token access improvements

    We have made improvements to the Canvas LTI token authorization process that enables VeriCite to sync grades and comments. These improvements center around re-authorization and refreshing tokens automatically to reduce interruptions in the grade and comment sync process.

  • Open Access Journals paper type added

    VeriCite has added a new paper-type classification for Open Access Journals. Open Access Journals are freely-available publications that promote accessibility, reduced cost, and control of scholarly work. To learn more, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals. VeriCite will continue to crawl these journals and provide matching information within VeriCite reports. When an Open Access Journal is matched, VeriCite users will be able to see the match compared inline as well as the metadata for the matching article, including abstract url, original source, title, authors, publication, and more.

  • Excluding bibliography in a report is no longer tied to the exclude quotes option

    Previously, VeriCite would exclude bibliographies in a plagiarism report if the report settings were set to exclude quotes. Based on feedback from instrutors, the new behavior will always exclude the bibliography section regardless of the exclude quotes setting.

  • Option added to allow instructors to set whether a report will be stored in their institutional index

    VeriCite developers have added a new option that allows an instructor to set whether student submissions will be stored in the institutional index. If the instructor chooses not to store reports in the institutional index, the papers will never be used to check for plagiarism against other student reports in your institution. Once a report has been submitted, you cannot change this option for that report. You can find this option in the “report options” section while creating a new assignment.

  • Option added to allow instructors to include self-plagiarism detection in the same course

    VeriCite staff have added a new option that allows an instructor to set whether a report will include or ignore self plagiarism within the same course. To reduce the number of false matches, we recommend excluding self plagiarism in the same course by default. Instructors will still retain the ability to toggle the option for each individual report after submission. Self plagiarism will always be checked against the user’s reports in other courses. You can find this option in the “report options” section while creating a new assignment or in the “details” section while viewing a report.

  • Admin feature to permanently delete a paper from VeriCite index

    VeriCite institutional administrators can now permanently delete a paper from the VeriCite index. The action will delete the paper and all supporting data tied to the paper. Once a paper is deleted, it cannot be recovered. Admins can access this new feature by looking up a paper in the “Admin -> Report Lookup” page and clicking the delete button.

  • Canvas grade sync requires app.vericite.com Launch URL

    The Canvas API for grade and comment syncing requires a consistent URL from VeriCite. VeriCite staff detected errors on 2016-06-03 when syncing grades and comments via the Canvas API. Updated VeriCite code was put in place at 07:00 EDT to resolve sync issues. Please ensure that the LTI “Launch URL” is set to https://app.vericite.com/vericite/

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v5.0 released

    The VeriCite Moodle plugin version 5.0 is now available. Version 5.0 utilizes an updated VeriCite backend API that provides enhanced scalability and fault tolerance. We encourage all Moodle implementors to upgrade to version 5.0 as soon as feasible. We plan on decommissioning all previous versions of the plugin by June 30, 2016. Version 5.0 can be downloaded from the Moodle plugins directory.

  • VeriCite Sakai integration update

    A new version of the VeriCite Sakai integration is now available. The updated code utilizes an updated VeriCite backend API that provides enhanced scalability and fault tolerance. Longsight-hosted Sakai clients will receive an email from the support team with details on the upgrade in the coming days. The upgrade will cause all student-submitted assignments to be resubmitted to VeriCite when an instructor views the assignment submission list. The resubmission process may cause a 5-10 minute delay before the VeriCite reports are viewable.

  • Updated URL hostname for VeriCite

    VeriCite staff have been hard at work improving our scalable and redundant infrastructure. As part of this effort, we have released an updated endpoint URL: https://app.vericite.com. The old endpoint https://vericite-api.longsight.com will continue to function as we transparently phase it out over the coming months.

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v4.1 released

    We have released VeriCite Moodle plugin v4.1. This version is only compatible with Moodle 2.7+ as it uses the new Task API (MDL-52702). We have also added additional caching logic to help reduce the time it takes to update scores after first submission.

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v3.0 released

    We have released VeriCite Moodle plugin v3.0. We refactored our code to adhere to stricter Moodle and php guidelines. This should reduce code conflicts and the use of deprecated functionality.

  • VeriCite Sakai integration updated

    We have updated the Sakai integration for VeriCite. This update includes a new feature to allow instructors to choose the default setting for exluding quotes in a report.

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.18 released

    We have released VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.18. This release includes a new feature to allow instructors to choose the default setting for exluding quotes in a report.

  • Instructors can toggle between excluding and including quoted material for each report

    Instructors and TAs now have the ability to choose whether a report includes or excludes quoted material. This is controlled by two settings: 1) each assignment allows you to set the default to include or exclude quotes for every new submission 2) each report can independently be set to include or exclude quotes in the “details” section. We recommend that the assignment default is set to exclude quoted materials to help reduce the number of false positives. Then use the report setting to toggle any individual report that you want to investigate.

  • Quoted and ignored text are now visually indicated in a report

    To reduce the number of false positives, VeriCite automatically removes quotes and bibliographies when finding matching text. This is now visually indicated in the report as italicized gray text.

  • Additional information added to the score log

    We have added additional information to the score log in a report. The score log is there as an audit trail showing why a report score has changed. In addition to score changes, VeriCite now logs more events including instructors and TAs removing a matched paper, re-including a matched paper, excluding text, re-including text, setting the report to ignore quotes and setting the report to include quotes.

  • Canvas and LTI: When uploading zip files, VeriCite will detect the correct user

    When an instructor or TA uploads a zip file for multiple users, VeriCite will auto-detect the correct user for each file. Auto detection is based on VeriCite looking at each file name for the user’s ID, last name, or first name.

  • Canvas and LTI: Navigation warning added when user navigates away without submitting

    We have added a navigation warning on the submit paper page to warn users that they are navigating away without submitting. This should help to reduce the number of users who may think they have submitted but haven’t.

  • Canvas and LTI: Quick download links added to Assignment list

    We have added an option menu for each paper on the assignments list page. You can now print the report and download the original attachment for each paper without having to load the report.

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.16 released

    We have released VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.16. This release includes a bug fix to ensure that VeriCite’s student disclosure shows only for VeriCite enabled modules.

  • Score log showing duplicate initial report scores fixed

    The initial score of a report was being logged twice. We have fixed this issue and new reports will not show duplicate initial scores in the score log.

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.15 released

    We have released VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.15. This release includes a new feature that will persist VeriCite settings when using the backup and restore processes.

  • VeriCite - Canvas Duplicate User Cleanup

    VeriCite staff ran a corrective script to cleanup duplicate users in VeriCite sites linked to Canvas and applied a patch to VeriCite to prevent the issue from reoccurring. Duplicate users were introduced when users accessed VeriCite via the LTI connection and later, a roster sync using the Canvas API would re-create the user account with a separate id.

  • VeriCite - Canvas Roster Sync Update

    VeriCite staff have applied a patch to address issues around roster sync between Canvas and VeriCite.

  • New VeriCite instructional videos added for Canvas, LTI, Sakai and Moodle

    With the new semester and the new user interface, now is a great time to take a quick look at our instructional videos. We have added 8 new short videos to our YouTube Channel which cover how to use VeriCite in Canvas, LTI, Sakai and Moodle.

  • VeriCite accessibility updates

    With the inclusion of the new mobile-first user interface, we have also over-hauled our accessibility features. This includes the ability to tab, select, update, annotate, navigate, and jump around the page with only the keyboard. We have also added helpful titles and alternative text on every relevant page element. To receive a full list of available shortcuts, press “?” (shift + /) to open a help popup on any page in VeriCite.

  • Instructors can now re-run reports through an external search engine

    All reports submitted to VeriCite are processed against external search engines (currently Bing). Previously, processing occurred once after student submission. Now, instructors have the option to re-process to incorporate new results from the external search engine.

  • Drag and drop file upload bug fixed for Internet Explorer users in Canvas and LTI

    A bug preventing Internet Explorer users from using the drag and drop feature for uploading files while using VeriCite embedded inside the LMS has been fixed.

  • Sakai’s new group assignments feature now integrates with VeriCite

    Sakai’s new group assignment feature, where one student submits on behalf of all students in the group, now integrates with VeriCite. The student who submitted the paper will be the report owner, but all students in the group will be able to view the report.

  • Submissions to VeriCite now update the Canvas assignment submission status for students

    When a student submits their paper to VeriCite for a Canvas assignment, the student’s submission status in Canvas will be updated to “submitted”. This prevents students from receiving “assignment due” notification emails from Canvas for assignments they have already completed in VeriCite.

  • A new look and feel coming this Saturday

    This is a reminder that we are introducing our new mobile-first user interface on August 15, 2015. This new mobile-first interface will replace the existing interface for all users and uses responsive design to work well on a desktop, tablet, or phone. To preview and familiarize yourself with the new mobile-first interface, please sign up for a free account on our demo site. To view screenshots, you can preview the new user guide here.

  • Improved syncing with Canvas grades and comments

    We have improved the syncing of our Canvas user’s grades and comments to and from VeriCite. This new integration relies on the Canvas API and will require our Canvas user’s to authorize VeriCite once to sync with their grades and comments, if they haven’t done so already.

  • A new look and feel coming in August

    We are introducing our new mobile-first user interface on August 15, 2015. This new mobile-first interface will replace the existing interface for all users and uses responsive design to work well on a desktop, tablet, or phone. To preview and familiarize yourself with the new mobile-first interface, please sign up for a free account on our demo site. To view screenshots, you can preview the new user guide here.

  • External search API integration

    Submitted papers are now checked against external search engines to provide improved matching and better VeriCite reports. VeriCite can work with a number of search engine providers and is currently utilizing the Bing search engine API. VeriCite staff selected Bing because of its combination of high-quality results, well-documented API, and competitive price.

  • Better performance while comparing two large reports

    Extensive work has been done to improve performance while comparing two large reports side by side. Users will notice that side by side comparison loads quicker.

  • Better performance while loading large reports

    Extensive work has been done to improve performance while loading large reports. Chrome was particulary affected and now loads quickly. Users will notice that the report loading progress popup now shows up on the previous page before displaying the full report.

  • Annotation de-selection bug fixed

    When highlighting text to create an annotation, if “select stored comment” was clicked multiple times, the highlighted text would de-select. This bug has been fixed.

  • Fixed bug for loading annotations in the admin report lookup page

    Fixed a bug where reports loaded from the admin report lookup page were not properly loading the annotations for the report.

  • Fixed bug for Canvas Assignment titles showing as Assignment ID instead

    When instructors modified the assignment title in VeriCite for Assignments created in Canvas, the Assignment title in VeriCite would show up as the Assignment ID instead. This bug has been fixed and VeriCite will sync with the Canvas Assignment title. Existing Assignments titles will automatically be resolved.

  • New option for instructors to sync VeriCite's LTI tool with the Canvas roster

    Instructors can go into “Setup”->”Manage Users” and click the “Sync Canvas Roster” button to sync VeriCite’s roster with the Canvas roster. Sync was added to provide instructors the ability to submit papers on behalf of students who did not load the assignment. To grade a user, Canvas requires that the assignment must be published and the user is eligible to be graded in the Gradebook.

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.11 released

    We have released VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.11. This release includes a bug fix that was preventing files from uploading to VeriCite in postgreSQL Moodle installations.

  • New Report Loading Progress Indicator

    In a continued effort to keep our VeriCite users informed, we have added a report loading progress indicator. The loading progress informs the user of the repositories being scanned and visually indicates how the report is being compiled and generated.

  • New footer added which links to helpful content and information

    We have added a footer in a continued effort to keep our users informed with the latest information about VeriCite. We added links to the VeriCite twitter handle @VeriCite, the VeriCite updates site, which informs users of any changes to VeriCite, the VeriCite status page, which details VeriCite’s uptime, and VeriCite’s user guide and website.

  • Web crawler now dynamically seeded from submitted reference URLs

    Our webcrawler has been constantly scanning the web for new material originally seeded from a large list of academic websites. Now with dynamic seeding, VeriCite extracts URLs from submitted reference URLs and adds it to the list of seeds to crawl. This means that our crawler focuses on the websites that our users are referencing, further tailoring VeriCite to the subject matter that is being submitted in our user’s papers.

  • Announcing the new VeriCite status page

    Longsight is pleased to announce the release of the VeriCite status page http://status.vericite.com/. This new website provides real-time status information and metrics on VeriCite from a third-party. We will post incidents to keep you informed of any issues we are having with our VeriCite service. The status site also keeps a record of latency to access the VeriCite service.

  • LTI Canvas integration syncs VeriCite report grades with changes made in the Canvas gradebook

    Grades that are entered or modified in the Canvas gradebook automatically update in the VeriCite report’s grade. As before, if you add or modify a grade in a VeriCite report, those changes will be pushed to the Canvas gradebook. This keeps the Canvas gradebook and all VeriCite report grades in sync.

  • Dynamic clickable legend added to highlight specific matched results

    We have improved the legend at the bottom of our reports. Not only did we add more information about how the color scheme is defined, but now each match color in the legend is clickable. When you click a match color in the legend, the report will filter out the other matched sentences and display only that color for quick discovery.

  • LTI Canvas integration bug fixed: comments with special characters not sending over to gradebook

    An error was discovered where scores and comments where not always being sent over to the Canvas gradebook. This only happened when special characters where in the comments. This has been fixed and any previous comments not sent over will not automatically be sent over. Simply update your comment in VeriCite and VeriCite will re-send the comment to the Canvas gradebook.

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.5 released

    We have released VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.5. This release includes a few bug fixes and a new advanced option to disable dynamic inline submissions. You can download and install the new zip at the Moodle VeriCite Plugin Page or at our GitHub project (branch MOODLE_25-28_STABLE).

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.0 released

    We have released VeriCite Moodle plugin v2.0. This release includes performance improvements to help the user experience when loading assignment submissions. Most importantly, it changes the unique id generated for each file to link with VeriCite. This change will cause existing files to be submitted twice under two different ids. Since VeriCite allows for multiple submissions from the same user without matching, you will not see the scores change. However, it’s recommended to updated between semesters if possible. You can download and install the new zip at the Moodle VeriCite Plugin Page or at our GitHub project (branch MOODLE_25-28_STABLE).

  • VeriCite Moodle plugin v1.3 released

    We have released VeriCite Moodle plugin v1.3. This release includes performance improvements to help the user experience when loading assignment submissions. This release takes advantage of the plagiarism cron job, so make sure that this is enabled and running. You can download and install the new zip at the Moodle VeriCite Plugin Page or at our GitHub project (branch MOODLE_25-28_STABLE).

  • Original attachments are now stored and can be downloaded for LTI integrations

    The original file uploaded by the user is now available for download in the report view. The option to download the attachment shows up next to the print option. This option applies for LTI integrations only as the LMS handles original attachments for native integrations (Moodle and Sakai).

  • Safari and IE annotation issue resolved for LTI integrations loaded in iframes

    Annotations were not loading properly for Safari and Internet Explorer because of the iframe cross-domain policy. This issue only showed up for LTI integrations loaded exclusively in iframes (e.g., Canvas).

  • Minor Moodle integration update for instructor permissions

    We have patched VeriCite’s Moodle integration with a fix for a special case whereinstructors are sent to the report page as a Learner instead of an Instructor. You can download and install the new integration zip at the Moodle VeriCite Plugin Page or at our GitHub project (branch MOODLE_25-28_STABLE).

  • Comments and annotations added to print view

    Paper comments and annotations have been added to the print view. In the print view, you can save your report as a PDF, an HTML page, or print out a copy of a report.

  • Annotations and more

    Did you know that you can now add your own custom annotations to plagiarism reports in VeriCite? Yes, that’s right! We have added an annotation option to the VeriCite report page. Just highlight student text and click the edit button to add your comments. Better yet, annotations also allow you to:

    • Store your annotations for later use: No more writing the same comment over and over again! Save comments that you use regularly so you don’t have to retype them each time.
    • Exclude the highlighted text from matching in the report: Ever come across a section of matching text that really shouldn’t be matched? You can now select text in a student’s report and opt to exclude it from matching. The paper’s plagiarism score will automatically be updated to reflect the omitted text.
  • Distributed Caching

    Added distributed caching to avoid session stickiness in response to problems found with Canvas LTI integration.

  • Final score calculation change

    The final report score is now calculated as a percentage of the total words instead of the percentage of matched sentences.

  • Reinclude papers popup has more details

    More information is displayed about the papers that have been ignored.

  • Matched paper details and layout updates

    Additional paper details are shown for top matches, paper details popup, and the student papers aggregate match view.

  • Removed confirmation to ignore papers

    To be more user friendly, the confirmation popup has been removed when an instructor chooses to ignore a paper.

  • VeriCite Moodle Plugin v1.1 Released

    We have released VeriCite’s Moodle plugin v1.1. Updates include: Token creation and storage logic updated to fix expired links issue; Pass in Assignment title and instructions to VeriCite; Do not submit instructor feedback files and introduction attachments.

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