2020-07-07 06:00Press release

Use of Urkund soars as the world shifts to emergency remote teaching

Peter Witasp, CPO at Urkund, sitting at desk.

The cumulative average growth of documents received and managed by Urkund has increased to almost 70% year-over-year during the second quarter. This is a sign that institutions take originality seriously when going digital and that Urkund is a reliable and scalable system.

Every year, Urkund is used to check the originality of an ever-growing number of documents. The growth has been steady, both due to an inflow of new customers but also as existing customers use the system more. The first half of 2020 brought usage growth at levels never seen before, most likely as a direct effect of how institutions sought to handle the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.

As more employed emergency remote teaching, more assignments and papers became digital. Digitalising education brings new opportunities, but it also comes with new challenges. Urkund came about due to one of those challenges: the ease of which plagiarism can occur in a digitalised education system. We have been highlighting the need for originality checks when moving online, especially since increased social distance increases the risk of academic misconduct.

"I am pleased to see that we have continued to deliver a reliable and stable service even when faced with an influx of documents on an unparalleled level," says Peter Witasp, Chief Product Officer at Urkund. "Comparing the growth year-over-year, we can see the gap to previous years' growth widening as the pandemic spread over the world."

A valid indicator for usage uptake and growth is the number of documents received by the system. This captures the usage regardless of how people are using Urkund; standalone or via integration to other systems. Looking at the number of documents received per week in 2020 compared to 2019, we can already see a spike in absolute numbers as the curve starts climbing steeper by mid-March.

The trend becomes clear as we examine the four-week moving average of cumulative average growth. In the last couple of years, we have seen this metric stay between 20% and 30% year-over-year. These are very healthy numbers for a product set to grow its user base. However, from mid-March, we have seen that number skyrocket to almost 70% by early June.

At Urkund, we take this as validating the importance of originality checks when going digital as many institutions deploy it in their emergency remote teaching programmes. We are also happy to support this growing need with the same industry-leading reliability and accuracy our customers expect.



About Urkund

Urkund supports academic institutions, secondary schools, and corporations in their institutional effectiveness and quality initiatives by delivering a fully automated system for checking text originality and preventing plagiarism. The software is fully integrated into all major learning management systems and uses advanced machine learning to deliver test-winning accuracy. With 20 years at the forefront of promoting academic integrity, Urkund now serves over 5,000 institutions in nearly 80 countries worldwide. Urkund is privately owned and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

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