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Plagiarism checker implemented on Canvas
Credit: Copyleaks Technologies Ltd.

“In today’s digital age, where information is exchanged at the speed of light and content is king, the issue of plagiarism has never been more pressing. Copyleaks, a cutting-edge solution in the realm of content integrity, has emerged as a vital tool for individuals, educators, and businesses alike. This article explores the multifaceted world of Copyleaks, delving into its features, benefits, and the pivotal role it plays in preserving the authenticity and originality of written content in an increasingly interconnected world.”

The intro to this article was written by ChatGPT. As artificial intelligence continues to advance, it’s quickly becoming an essential tool for teachers, students, and companies — with a high potential for abuse.

Now, when teachers look at assignments submitted by students, they can see a similarity score and can look at an AI report. You may have noticed a plagiarism indicator at the top of the page on Canvas after an essay is graded. The similarity score gives the user a percentage of the submitted assignments that matches the content in Copyleaks’ database. These are sources and documents written by other people and taken off the internet that they have saved to prevent plagiarism. There is a report that goes along with the similarity score that tells exact phrases and sentences that match other sources and a list of the sources they used. 

AI has become a major part of today’s world and people everywhere use it. Whether it’s to do homework, send an email, write an article, or for social media posts people of all ages use websites like ChatGPT to write for them. Although it can be (and often is) abused, AI can be very helpful in school life such as checking work, getting ideas for projects, or helping to write emails to teachers. Alison Van Orden, English teacher, believes “There are times when ChatGPT is great for this class like if you’re looking for feedback on improving the preciseness of your writing or checking on the tone of your writing just getting feedback I think it’s really beneficial.” The use of AI can help students learn and grow and become better writers as long as it’s used correctly.

The AI report of Copyleaks shows when a student’s assignment is opened up in the program. An alert pops up letting the teacher know that the use of AI is suspected in the assignment. This program is not always accurate for detecting AI, because there is no way to know for sure how much of an assignment is done with AI and how much is written by a student.

Copyleaks is being implemented to prevent misuse of AI for things like writing essays and doing projects for you. Van Orden points out, “We don’t write for a grade, we write to learn and you don’t learn if you’re going to let ChatGPT write your paper.” School is meant to be a place where can we learn and grow if we use the time right and do the work.

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    calixOct 26, 2023 at 2:32 PM

    integrating a flawed system into Canvas that could give out false positives isn’t really a good idea. someone could get in big trouble if they are suspected of using AI for their assignment. if Copyleaks is implemented then teachers should use it more as a guide rather than a fact when reviewing people’s essays.