SimCheck AI Writing Detection
Western’s plagiarism detection software, SimCheck, made AI Detection available to WWU for a limited timeframe. Continuing with the SimCheck AI tool past December 31, 2023, will require Western to upgrade to a more expensive product.
ATUS is currently seeking faculty input and guidance on the value of an institutionally-supported AI detection system. Please contact CanvasHelp@wwu.edu with your questions and feedback.
For additional guidance, see:
- AI and Chatbots Teaching Considerations (TLCo-op)
- Evaluating Student Work when AI is Suspected
- FAQs: Generative AI in Teaching, Learning, & Technology Guidelines
- Pathways for Academic Use of AI at WW: Flowchart
- Plagiarism Detection at Western
The Simcheck AI writing detection feature expires 12/31/23.
ATUS has tested Turnitin’s AI writing detection and found it very capable but not foolproof. Instructors are advised to be aware of AI writing detection limitations and adjust assignments and assessments accordingly.
By enabling Simcheck on assignments, the AI detection feature will be displayed on assignment submissions.
After an assignment has been submitted, faculty can review flags and will see two percentages, ‘Similarity’ as it relates to other submissions and publications, and the new ‘AI’ writing detection percentage.
Clicking on the percentage flag at the top of assignment in Canvas will bring up the report on AI and Similarity in SimCheck.
This feature can spot-check submissions for AI-generated writing. However, if the submission is heavily modified by a student, it is possible for the AI detection to provide an inaccurate measurement.
For a collection of resources for Western faculty curated by the WWU TLCoop, please see “AI and Chatbots Teaching Considerations.”
For a basic instructor’s guide and explanation of usage, please see Turnitin’s “AI Writing Detection.”
For an extensive FAQ regarding how AI writing detection works, please see “Turnitin’s AI Writing Detection Capabilities.”