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SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention tool which is integrated with the Blackboard course management system. Students may submit written assignments within their Blackboard course using the SafeAssign tool and SafeAssign automatically compares the document with documents across the Internet, including webpages, electronic reference databases, as well as institutional and global SafeAssign databases. An originality report is generated, which will provide information about any matching source material and its location.
Instructors add the SafeAssign tool to a content page or folder within their Blackboard course. Once the tool is added, the instructor may create assignments. As the assignments are created, columns are automatically added to the course.
The above process is the also used when adding the tool to a folder other than the homepage.
The SafeAssign tool may alternately be added to a learning module, creating a link to the SafeAssign tool. However, it does not create a link to a specific assignment - only to the tool itself. All SafeAssignments will be listed under the link.
To create an assignment in SafeAssign, go to the content page and select the tool link within the Teach tab.
The DirectSubmit function within SafeAssign permits the instructor to submit assignments for checking for originality. Text may be copied and pasted into a textbox, or entire documents may be submitted at one time.
As with the SafeAssignment feature, DirectSubmit can be added within the Build tab using the "Add Content Link" button.
Using the DirectSubmit feature will not create columns in the grade book.
From within the Teach tab, click on the DirectSubmit tool link created in the previous section.
There is the option of submitting documents or text in either Private or Shared mode. The private option allows the instructor to submit documents to SafeAssign, the results for which are only available to the instructor. The originality reports for documents submitted through the public tab can be viewed by everyone in the class.
Folders may be created in both the private and public tabs, allowing the instructor to manage documents for various assignments.
Once a document or assignment has been submitted, the text is checked by SafeAssign against documents on the Web, as well as several commercial databases, including BlackBoard's SafeAssign database. After a few minutes, a report is generated, revealing any matches found.
The report shows all sources and to what degree the text matches. Sources may be removed from the report and the process repeated. A sources comparison window is provided to visually compare text line-by-line.