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Spring has sprung, and you know what that means: it’s time to clean house! We’re not going to actually clean your house for you, but we do have something even better (at least we think so). The Canvas Platform team has made it our mission to regularly evaluate whether our platform is effectively serving you, our customers and partners.

This evaluation has resulted in lots of really cool things—for example: the adoption of emerging IMS standards, or even the creation of new standards, which can enable new tools (like Arc or Canvas Commons) and open up new parts of Canvas to integration.

This year, we're taking a closer look at how we can better support the important process of plagiarism detection, a process that’s critical to many of our users. We've determined that it's time to rethink the framework for plagiarism tools to create an optimal user experience, meaning we’re making it easier for your favorite plagiarism tools to hook into Canvas. Our framework updates will improve your plagiarism-detection experience in the following ways:

-Installation and configuration of a plagiarism tool is easy and fast.

-Students can submit their assignments right in Canvas, as they’re accustomed to doing, with the plagiarism-detection tool working in the background.

-Teachers have configuration flexibility and a seamless experience with all the assignment and grading tools they use the most in Canvas.

We’ll accomplish these goals by extending the capability of the LTI standard and by using our new webhooks technology, which allows Canvas to send live updates about events in Canvas to third-party tool providers. This new framework will be in place by the end of June, and we’ll work with our plagiarism-detection partners to provide a superior user experience for your most common workflows.

Still have questions? Please reach out to me at [email protected]. I’m always happy to hear your feedback and questions!

Keep Learning,

Melissa Loble
VP Platform & Partnerships, Instructure