Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blackboard FAQ: SafeAssign - Determining the right set up for your assignment

With SafeAssign in Blackboard, you can now check the originality of students' research papers against a database of number of online, journal, and previously submitted resources. Even though it is a simple click of a check box to enable this feature, you may first want to consider how to handle the submission of the research paper/assignment. I will provide instructions on how to set up the three most used submission types.
If you are new to SafeAssign, here are some resources to help you learn this tool:



One-Attempt Submission - Graded Final Submission


Most faculty use this submission type. Students are allowed one attempt to submit their research paper/assignment. Faculty have the option to allow students to see the originality report. Here are the options you should set:

  1. Create the assignment as usual
  2. Click the "Submission Details" to expand these options
  3. As pictured above, set the following:
    1. A - Individual Submission
    2. B - Single Attempt
    3. C - Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign
    4. D (optional) - Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts

Multiple-Drafts and One Final - Graded Final Submission Only

Use this process if you want students to submit drafts to allow them to check their own originality reports. The faculty will only be concerned with the final submission and its originality report. You can provide feedback on drafts, but you are mainly concerned with viewing and grading the final submission. Here are the options you should set:
  1. Create the assignment as usual
  2. Click the "Submission Details" to expand these options
  3. As pictured above, set the following:
    1. A - Individual Submission
    2. B - Unlimited attemps
    3. C - Last Graded Attempt
    4. D - Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign
    5. E - Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts

Multiple-Drafts and One Final - Graded Drafts and Graded Final

Use this process if you give a grade for students' drafts and then have one final graded submission. What you need to do is to create an assignment for each draft you want students to submit and create an assignment for the final submission.

For the graded draft, make these settings:
  1. Create the assignment as usual
  2. Click the "Submission Details" to expand these options
  3. As pictured above, set the following:
    1. A - Individual Submission
    2. B - Single Attempt
    3. C - Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign
    4. D - Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts
    5. E - Exclude submissions from the Institutional and Global References Databases
For the graded final, make these settings:

  1. Create the assignment as usual
  2. Click the "Submission Details" to expand these options
  3. As pictured above, set the following:
    1. A - Individual Submission
    2. B - Single Attempt
    3. C - Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign
    4. D - Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts

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