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VeriCite Pilot

The VeriCite pilot is open to Wake Forest faculty teaching a course using the Sakai learning management system. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” for the student and faculty.

Faculty choosing to use VeriCite are encouraged to participate in one of the workshops: Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

About this pilot

For a few years now, requests have been routed to the Learning Management System (LMS) Team for a tool that could be used to highlight possible “plagiarism” within assignments. Faculty and staff with representation from Wake Forest College, School of Business, School of Law, and School of Divinity have self-organized to investigate a one semester pilot of VeriCite, a safe and vetted service within Sakai. Since the university does not currently provide this service, some have turned to so-called free versions on the web.  Unbeknownst to the user, some of these popular services take student papers that have been submitted through these systems and later makes the paper available to the public in “paper mills” or “essay banks”, generating revenue through fees or by displaying advertisements on their website. Obviously, this can lead to a multitude of unintended issues.

At a recent conference, members of the LMS Team were exposed to VeriCite.  VeriCite, a cloud based service that highlights matching passages and pairs them to original sources, was created by Longsight specifically for easy integration into Sakai. The LMS Team received approval from the Committee on Information Technology (CIT) for a pilot of the VeriCite service during the Spring 2016 semester. ITEC approved an extended pilot for the 2016-2017 academic year. The LMS Team considers VeriCite a tool for teaching, which should be used with students to promote proper citations, appropriate paraphrasing, and encourage reflection on their writing process.

The goals of the VeriCite Pilot are:

  • To inform faculty on how to use plagiarism detection software as an instructional technology rather than use it solely as a tool for policing student works

  • To inform faculty on suggested practices in conducting written assessments and directing students to campus resources

  • To provide this public-facing portal with information (technical) and support documents (pedagogical) for using VeriCite

  • To evaluate and assess the usefulness and reliability of VeriCite as an instructional tool

  • To make a determination whether or not to acquire VeriCite or conduct a pilot with another vendor

Who organized this pilot?

Faculty and staff with representation from Wake Forest College, School of Business, School of Law, and School of Divinity self-organized to investigate a one semester pilot of VeriCite during the Spring 2016 semester. The Committee on Information Technology (CIT) endorsed further investigation into the acquisition of VeriCite at their December 15, 2014, meeting. ITEC approved Pilot Phase II, extending VeriCite through the 2016-2017 academic year. Longsight, the producers of VeriCite, are a leader in the Sakai Open Source community.

If you have any questions regarding this pilot, please compose an email to:

What is VeriCite?

  • VeriCite is a cloud-based service that identifies plagiarism by comparing submitted work against an ever-increasing database of sources.
  • You retain ownership of your students submissions, even if you change services or LMS
  • VeriCite integrates seamlessly with a broad range of learning management systems
  • It's simple and easy to use