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Assignments and Urkund

Urkund

Note: As of October 2018, TAFE Queensland has switched from Turnitin to Urkund as its plagiarism checker for Connect.

Urkund (pronunced “erkin” — similar to “gherkin”) is an automated system for plagiarism detection and checking used at TAFE Queensland. It will automatically analyse uploaded documents for plagiarism by comparing submissions to an online repository of content.

Urkund will then present instructors with an overall Significance Score, denoting the similarity (or potential matching sources) of the submitted document to three key source areas:

Once complete, this report can be further refined, exported, or shared.

Urkund is integrated with Connect, providing plagiarism checking for documents uploaded via the Assignments tool.

Enable Urkund for an Assignment

In order to enable Urkund for an Assignment:

  1. From a unit homepage, click Other Tools on the navbar, then select Urkund. If this your first time accessing Urkund, it may ask for your permission to access information in your Connect user profile.
  2. On the Plagiarism Detection Overview page, it will list all Assignments in the current unit and their Plagiarism Detection status (on/off).
  3. Enable Plagiarism Detection on an Assignment by clicking the slider from off to on.

A looping animation showing the process of accessing Urkund from the navbar in Connect.

Note: Each Assignment must be individually turned on to enable plagiarism detection. This status does not copy from unit-to-unit (i.e. status copied from master product). It is recommended to check your Assignments and enable plagiarism detection prior to unit start.

Can I enable detection after student submissions have already been uploaded?

Yes. If you enable plagiarism detection in an Assignment after student submissions have already been uploaded, Urkund will go back and analyse any past submissions and provide a report for each. This may take a few minutes to complete. Any future submissions will also be analysed from that point onward.

Supported formats

Urkund supports the following document filetypes: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .sxw, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .html, .htm, .wps, .odt and .pages (4). Documents submitted to Urkund may not contain document protection or encryption.

Urkund will also work for Assignments configured as the following submission types:

Urkund will also work for:

Can Students view plagiarism detection results?

Students can access Urkund's Significance Score in the same way as teachers (on the unit homepage, click Other Tools on the navbar, then select Urkund).

Once a Student has uploaded an Assignment submission, they will see the Document Name, the Status of their submission/s (i.e 'Processing', 'Analyzed', 'Awaiting Release' etc) and the Last Updated date in Urkund.

Students cannot view the Significance Score until their feedback (and score) has been published in the Assignments tool.

Once published, students will be able to view their submission/s Significance Score as generated by Urkund. They can also jump from Urkund directly to the published score and feedback in the Assignments tool.

Students can also choose to Opt Out a document, which will exclude it from being viewed in its entirety if there are similarities found at subsequent inspections of other documents.

I used annotation/feedback features in Turnitin — do these exist in Urkund?

A small percentage of teachers were utilising a Turnitin feature named GradeMark to annotate uploaded student submissions and provide feedback via a Turnitin report (as an alternative to the Assignment feedback field in Connect). Unfortunately there is no equivalent functionality available in the Urkund plagiarism detection product.

This is a feature we hope to be able to re-introduce again at a later time, in a way that fully complies with our obligations for safe storage/retention of student results at TAFE Queensland.

Need assistance?

For assistance with troubleshooting, contact eLearning Services via TAP (Education Services → Learning Management → Connect LMS Support Request), then select Request type "Anti-plagiarism".