Blackboard SafeAssign

Blackboard SafeAssign








SafeAssign
SafeAssign (SA) is tool that helps both students and instructors. After students submit
their papers, the tool compares the papers to a database of academic work [note: not all
professional journals are included] and internet sources. SA produces a report on the
submitted paper, which instructors can make available to students. The instructors can
view the report for a draft and provide helpful feedback so the student correctly quotes,
paraphrases, and cites sources in the final paper; SA also works as a final assessment. In
addition, instructors can directly submit papers.

Create a SafeAssignment
These steps will help you create a SafeAssignment in your course.
1. Begin with the edit mode ON.

2. Edit an existing assignment or create a new assignment (see Assessments>Assignment).
In the assignment set-up, click on Submission Details.
3. Check whether you would like to allow students to view the SafeAssign originality
report for their attempts and whether to exclude attempts from Institutional or Global
References Databases.

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Student Submission
1. When students click the assignment link they will see the following screen, which
informs them that their assignment will be used and stored as part of SafeAssign. They
may also agree to submit their paper to the Global Reference Database if the instructor
has not excluded it in the setup. If you use the Global Database, it helps to explain it to
students ahead of time. Note: Students should expect to wait between 5 and 15 minutes
for a report.

Viewing the Report
1. Instructors can access the SA Report in the Grade Center. Click on the student’s
assignment, and then click on SafeAssign and View Originality Report. The
student can come back to this screen by clicking on the name of the assignment in
the Grade Center.

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2. The report is shown with a color coded list of potential matches. Click on a
highlighted section of the assignment to see the uploaded (submitted) text
compared to the matching source. You can click on a citation (see below) to view
the full source.

3. Instructors may unselect sources and resubmit.

Direct Submission by Instructor
If you need to give feedback on a writing assignment or check for plagiarism, you can
directly submit a student’s paper.
1. Under the Course Tools menu click SafeAssign

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2. Click Direct Submit

3. Click Private
4. Submit Paper

5. Check Submit as Draft to produce an SA report but not add the paper to the database.
6. Upload (attach) the paper or paste it into a text box.

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7. Click Submit
8. Wait about 5-15 minutes for the SA report. Retrieve it in Direct Submit.

Instructor Information
Matching % should not alarm you or students. The percentage can mean that some of
the student’s writing is exact or close to exact to other material. However, the percentage
can also mean that attribution phrases commonly used (e.g., According to the National
Institutes of Health) match other student writing or that a full citation in the Works Cited is
exact to another student paper. Therefore, a percentage of 50% or more should raise some
concern. Therefore, instructors should carefully review a student’s SA Report.
Click on the green checkmark to view the student’s SA Report. The report is the same for
instructors and students.

Reminder:
Students can get feedback on their essays from instructors in the Learner Support Center
(walk-in) or from Western’s Online Writing Center at
http://www.westerntc.edu/writingcenter/tutor.asp

Additional Resources:


Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/1/ [quoting, paraphrasing, and
summarizing.

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