Safe Assign as a Teaching Tool

The Safe Assign tool can be used to check students work for plagiarism, but it can also be used as a teaching tool.  You can set Safe Assign up for students to submit their draft versions of papers and review the report themselves .

Implementing the Safe Assign Tool has changed after our Blackboard update last August. Safe Assign is now incorporated in the regular Assignment Tool. To add Safe Assign go to a content area and under “Assessments” select “Assignment.”

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Add your assignment information then scroll down.

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Click on the “Submission Details” link under “Grading.”

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Under “Submission Details” you will customize how you want SafeAssign to work . Check the boxes under “Plagiarism Tools”. If you want to use SafeAssign as an educational tool for students, to teach them about using sources, check the box to “Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts.”  If you don’t want to add their current paper to the database (if this is a draft for the student) check “Exclude submissions.” Checking this setting does not add their draft version to the database. So when they submit the “final” version, the report won’t check it against the draft version.

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Click “Submit” when you have finished with all your settings.