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This PPT describes the use of SafeAssign as a plagiarism prevention service linked to Blackboard. It will be used as a learning tool for students in Draft mode to teach students about Intellectual ...

This PPT describes the use of SafeAssign as a plagiarism prevention service linked to Blackboard. It will be used as a learning tool for students in Draft mode to teach students about Intellectual Property. Using SafeAssign will deter poor practices of not using proper citations.

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  • Blackboard launched Safe Assign at BbWorld Boston on July 10, 2007.
  • In this example, the SafeAssignment was set-up in a course content area.
  • Draft Option – The papers that are submitted by students, will be checked by the safe assign central service, but not into the institutional database. Student Viewable – students will be able to view their own work and see the report. Urgent Checking – Submission goes into a queue that has to be processed. Average time is usually several minutes to wait for the report. Exam week, end of semesters, checking may take longer. Urgent checking - specify if the papers should be processed urgently or not and the paper would be moved further up the queue.
  • Draft Option – The papers that are submitted by students, will be checked by the safe assign central service, but not into the institutional database. Student Viewable – students will be able to view their own work and see the report. Urgent Checking – Submission goes into a queue that has to be processed. Average time is usually several minutes to wait for the report. Exam week, end of semesters, checking may take longer. Urgent checking - specify if the papers should be processed urgently or not and the paper would be moved further up the queue.
  • What is the Release Statement? The Release Statement is text included with every SafeAssignment to inform students that their paper will be compared to other sources through SafeAssign.  The specific text of your Release Statement is determined by your institution's System Administrator and is entered during configuration of the SafeAssign Building Block or PowerLink. Students can choose to submit their paper to the optional global database to protect their paper.
  • Uses a complex algorithm to run a comparison of papers across a collection of databases. Prevention- Uses an index of billions of Internet documents. ProQuest ABI Inform database updated weekly Institutional document archives by users from our institution (WilmU) What is the Institutional Database? The Institutional Database is the archive of papers submitted by students in your institution. Each institution's Institutional Database is stored in the central SafeAssign service and kept separate from other institution's databases. Papers are automatically added to this database upon submission and are stored in the central service to be checked against other papers submitted from your institution.  The Institutional Database is completely separate from the Global Reference Database which extends across institutions and students must volunteer their papers to. Global Reference Database containing papers that were volunteered by students.
  • This is what an originality report looks like. http://wiki.safeassign.com/display/SAFE/Interpret+Reports
  • Restrictive assignments don’t allow for creativity, debate, cause-effect. Or perhaps the writing assignment provides for a hash of similar content.
  • Pages are retained indefinitely in the Bb server

SafeAssign at Wilmington University SafeAssign at Wilmington University Presentation Transcript

  • Using SafeAssign at Wilmington University
    • Understand Blackboard’s SafeAssign service and faculty responsibility
    • Locate WilmU Academic Integrity policy and other web resources
    • Understand the sources SafeAssign uses to identify unoriginal work
    • Understand the difference between Institutional and Global Reference Databases
    • Create a SafeAssignment in Draft and Final modes
    • Submit a paper using Direct Submit
    • Interpret a SafeAssign originality report
    • Plagiarism prevention service linked to Blackboard
    • Learning tool for students
    • Compares submitted text to a number of electronic databases
    • Teach students about Intellectual Property and deters poor practices
    • SafeAssign allows students to submit papers in “ Draft ” and “ Final ” modes
    • When the student writes a paper, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments.
    • Academic Integrity Policy : http://wilmu.edu/academics/acadintegrity.aspx
    • Additional information may be found in the Wilmington University Student Handbook ( p. 78-79) : http://www.wilmu.edu/studentlife/handbook/
    • Useful link regarding plagiarism: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml
    • Instructors do not need student's consent if student's name is removed from a paper prior to SafeAssign submission.
    • If you intend to use SafeAssign in your course, please make it clear to students that papers submitted to SafeAssign may NOT contain personal identifying information. 
    • Before submitting to SafeAssign:
    • Students must remove their name and personal information from the paper and title page before submitting SafeAssignments.
    • Instructors, who use Direct Submit, will remove all student's personal information before submitting student papers to SafeAssign.
    • Please complete Final Step in the Online Course to receive directions to turn on the SafeAssign Tools
    • Turning on the SafeAssign tools is required for each course you teach
    • For each assignment, Instructor adds two ‘SafeAssignments’ in Bb
      • One for Draft paper
      • One for Final paper
    • Added inside a content area
    • ‘ SafeAssignment’ is selected from the drop-down menu “Create Assessment”
    • Name the assignment
    • Assign point value
    • Write any necessary instructions
    • Make the assignment available
    • Check for Draft View – allows students to submit without being checked against the Institutional Database
    • Yes -Student Viewable – allows students to see the report
    • (Optional) Urgent Checking allows processing of paper more quickly
    • Name the assignment
    • Assign point value
    • Write any necessary instructions
    • Make the assignment available
    • DO NOT check the Draft box
    • The final paper will be checked against the Institutional Database
    • Yes for Student Viewable – allows students to see the report
    • (Optional) Urgent Checking - allows processing of paper more quickly (results can still take up to 72 hours)
    • Students and Instructors get an interactive report for every paper submitted
    • The report details the results of the matching process of words found from the various databases
      • For Draft Originality Report, Institutional Database is omitted
    • The instructor must allow the Originality Report to be viewable for the Draft submission, as it serves as a learning tool
    • From the Control Panel, select Course Tools, click SafeAssign
    • Select SafeAssignments
    • Click the “Synchronize this course” link found on the top right of the page.
    • This only has to be done once in each course
    • You may synchronize throughout to pull in updates from the server
    • Students access the SafeAssignment Draft link and click VIEW/COMPLETE
    • Students may submit their paper just like a regular assignment by browsing for their work and clicking Submit
    • There is a Release Statement included from the system
    • If you set up the Student Viewable option, students can come back later to view the SA report
    • Student is then directed to view SafeAssign Originality Report (from View/Complete link found under the assignment)
    • Students modify their paper as appropriate and submit Final paper in the second SafeAssignment set-up by the instructor
    • For Final submission, Students have the option of submitting to the Global Reference Database or not (their choice)
    • SafeAssign checks all submitted papers against the following databases:
      • Internet - comprehensive index of documents available for public access on the Internet via Microsoft Windows Live search engine
      • 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 from Wilmington University
      • Global Reference Database containing papers that were volunteered by students from Blackboard client institutions to help prevent cross-institutional plagiarism
    Databases used in Draft Mode Database used in Final Mode with Draft box unchecked Database option .. Student’s choose this database
    • The Overall score indicates what percentage of the paper matches sources of the databases
    • Scores below 15% - probability the paper was not plagiarized, the paper may need further review to see if the paper needs proper attribution
    • Scores above 15% - probability the paper needs further review to see if matching content is properly attributed
    • Understand Academic Integrity Policy
    • Review policy with students
    • Create a Draft Safe Assignment
    • Preview report and provide feedback, if needed
    • Allow enough time for student to review report and make revisions (approx. one week)
    • Create a Final Safe Assignment
    • Review final report and grade Assignment
      • SafeAssign does not find ALL instances of cheating, plagiarism
      • Will only match text also found in the SafeAssign databases
      • SafeAssign provides only an Originality Report , not an absolute assessment of whether cheating/plagiarism occurred
    • Faculty must review/evaluate the Originality Report!
  • Instructors should Always select the “ Student Viewable” option when creating a SafeAssignment
    • Student submits first in Draft mode
    • Receive feedback from both Draft’s Originality Report and/or instructor
    • The instructor may use only Draft mode– to utilize SafeAssign as a learning tool
    • or create a Draft SafeAssignment and a Final SafeAssignment for the same paper
    • The instructor can Direct Submit a paper if needed as a “Draft Option”
    • (example: if student encounters technical problems while submitting.)
    • If a text is found to be matching, is it cited?
    • If there is a high percentage of matching, is it possible the student constructed the passage independent of the matching source?
    • Is matching due to copying assignment text in the write-up?
    • If there is a high percentage of matching, is the assignment restrictive in terms of possible responses?
    • Did the student cite themselves if they’ve re-used content?
    • Give students tools to correctly cite sources
      • APA Guides from the Library: http://wilmu.edu/library/reflinks.aspx
    • Introduce students to resources for writing help:
      • SmartThinking
        • Linked from “Online Tutoring” in Blackboard
          • Can receive writing feedback within 24 hours
          • Writing Handbook and other resources
      • Student Success Center
        • http://wilmu.edu/learningresources/instructorsguide.aspx
    • * PLEASE NOTE
    • Text only is checked for matching
    • Symbols, images and numbers are not checked against the database
    • Submission of papers to the SafeAssignment
    • must not exceed 10MB or 5,000 words, or the submission may fail
    • Documents
    • *Only the following formats are permitted at this time: zip, .doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf, .rtf and .html
  • 1. = False 2. = TRUE 5. = TRUE 4. = True… Setting up a Draft SafeAssignment first is necessary to serve as a learning tool for students. 3. = TRUE 1. Safe Assign will catch a student that is plagiarizing. 2. The Wilmington University Academic Integrity policy can be found on the web. 3. It may take several minutes and up to 72 hours to get a report. 4. A draft safe assignment is recommended. 5. Students have the option of submitting to the Global Reference Database
    • SafeAssign by Blackboard. (2007). Retrieved August 9, 2009, from http://www.SafeAssign.com
    • Karjoo, M, & Knight, E. (2009, March 30). About SafeAssign . Retrieved from http://wiki.safeassign.com/display/SAFE/About+SafeAssign
    • Plagiarism: what It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It. (2004). Retrieved April 7, 2011, from http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml
    • Technical support representatives are available to support you 24/7 at 1-877-708-2905
    • Email [email_address] directly to request Blackboard training and to receive further help from the Online Learning and Educational Technology Department at Wilmington University