Blackboard @ SHSU has new tool to fight plagiarism: SafeAssign

SafeAssign Assignment ToolSHSU faculty have a new tool to help build a culture of academic integrity in their Blackboard courses: SafeAssign.

A SafeAssignment helps educators prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers.  In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, it also has features designed to aid in educating students about plagiarism and importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content.

*SafeAssign works like our currently used Turnitin Tool with the added benefit of a Direct Submit option. Now, instructors may upload papers directly with the Direct Submit feature, without student involvement.

SafeAssign checks all submitted papers against the following databases:

  • Internet – comprehensive index of documents available for public access on the Internet
  • ProQuest ABI/Inform database with over 1,100 publication titles and about 2.6 million articles from ’90s to present time, updated weekly (exclusive access)
  • Institutional document archives containing all papers submitted to SafeAssign by users in their respective institutions
  • Global Reference Database containing papers that were volunteered by students from Blackboard client institutions to help prevent cross-institutional plagiarism.

To learn more about the SafeAssign tool in Blackboard, visit your Teaching Online tab in Blackboard.  Then click the Assessment link in the navigation menu and scroll to the SafeAssign learning module to enter.

Teaching Online Tab Safe Assign Learning Module Link

*Note:  SafeAssign will add the Inline Grading feature in Summer 2014.

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