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How AI and Machine Learning Are Being Utilized to Beat Plagiarism and Cheating

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Despite the plethora of new technologies that offer learning enhancements and advanced solutions to schools, an age-old problem still remains: plagiarism. Similar to the evolution of technology, the illegal act of plagiarism has also evolved. Students can copy content that exists in one or more places on billions of webpages and claim the content as their own. To avoid being caught, students use cheating strategies, including changing the copied content’s language, inserting white text between words, and using foreign symbols in place of certain letters. It’s unfortunate that students are putting their creativity to the wrong use.

As plagiarism and cheating reach new levels with the recent transition to online learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions expand to follow right along. AI and machine learning technologies allow platforms to learn and adapt their solutions through experience and the analysis of data. Using advanced technology and sophisticated algorithms, a plagiarism-checking detection platform like Copyleaks can go beyond simply detecting exact text matches and paraphrased content that’s been posted on one or more sites on billions of webpages and private databases. Through this, AI and machine learning are helping redefine plagiarism and improve the writing process for both educators and students. By minimizing the time spent reading over assignments and research papers, students and instructors can preserve their energy and focus on what truly matters: content.

Educators Prioritize Academic Integrity

In the recent transition to online learning, AI and machine learning integrations have never been more imperative in the education realm. Traditional educational processes (manually checking and grading papers, for example) are now becoming more and more obsolete, and in order to stay on top of their responsibilities, educators must conform to new procedures. This includes transitioning from time-consuming, human-error-prone manual work to automated AI-enhanced software that completes instructors’ work almost instantaneously.

As a result of this e-learning shift, educators have changed gears to place a greater emphasis on specific values, particularly academic integrity. Teaching students from an early age about academic integrity and emphasizing the importance of creating their own work is crucial to online learning. Students understand that their instructors are checking each assignment they submit through their school’s learning platform (such as the Brightspace platform), and as opposed to a manual check where an instructor would have copied and pasted specific passages that seem suspicious into a search engine, now instructors have more advanced options to leverage in order to check for plagiarism. And despite the efforts educators undergo to verify the originality of their students’ final work product, it’s essential for students to understand the significance of writing using their own words and ideas. When using someone else’s work, students should be able to correctly quote and reference the text in order to properly credit the author.

Editing mistakes on paper with red pens
Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/mistakes-editing-school-red-ink-1756958/

More than copy-paste detection

Educators are skilled multitaskers and always have numerous tasks to tend to. One of their many responsibilities includes checking that their students understand the topics that have been taught; another key duty is assigning grades to submitted assignments. Before any final grade is given, a plagiarism check should be a routine part of the writing process. Although it is routine for instructors to check students’ work for plagiarism, the step is often skipped due to the perceived difficulty of determining whether it’s actual plagiarism. To provide instructors (and even students!) more knowledge on what is considered plagiarism, Copyleaks covers the different types of plagiarism on its blog. It’s important to be informed of these different types in order to catch accidental plagiarism in any written content before it’s too late.

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With so much text to review, an ideal comprehensive solution would help instructors detect in just a few minutes whether any cheating or plagiarism is interspersed throughout the writing. Fortunately, Copyleaks can do exactly this. Here’s how the Copyleaks plagiarism checker can help:

  • Check for identical text matches
  • Detect similar and paraphrased passages that have been rearranged to appear as original
  • Find manipulated text through their Cheat Detection technology
  • Create a full similarity report that can be downloaded or shared with students
  • Filter out quotations and references
  • See a one-to-one comparison of student text next to similar text results

Checking Students’ Work Today

Checking student work no longer has to be a difficult task that consumes your time and effort. With the Brightspace integration, Copyleaks allows you to check up to 100 student assignments at once and create similarity reports within minutes. Using advanced AI technology, in-depth scans analyze millions of online sources and private databases, identifying copied content almost instantaneously. Try it out today!

CopyLeaks graphic demonstrating how it detects plagiarism

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