What is SafeAssign?
SafeAssign in Blackboard Learn is a type of plagiarism detection tool to be used with assignments. SafeAssign may be used by any instructor at the U of S. Please contact the GMCTE at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to begin using it effectively in your courses.
Before you begin:
The University of Saskatchewan has been investigating use of plagiarism checking software in response to requests from colleges and faculty. Plagiarism checking software can be used for many purposes with the two key uses being
- teaching students about proper attribution practices; and
- identifying possible plagiarism in a submitted piece of academic work. The second use is often done through an automated comparison of submitted work against other student submissions and/or sources available on the internet (websites, etc).
SafeAssign is now available for instructors to turn on for individual courses. Before Safe Assign is used in your course, please consider the following information on student privacy and intellectual property rights, as well as limitations of the tool in checking plagiarism.
Intellectual Property Rights
Should you choose to use SafeAssign you must include the following text in your syllabus:
SafeAssign is a plagiarism checking tool. While we request that you submit your work through this tool, it is NOT required. You may opt-out of using SafeAssign with the understanding that your work may be checked for plagiarism through other means. Should you wish to opt out, you must notify your instructor prior to the due date for each assignment.
While potentially problematic in some ways, plagiarism checking tools, when used to teach about plagiarism, can be valuable in contributing to student learning. If you would like advice on how to use SafeAssign as a teaching tool in your course or curriculum, please contact the Gwenna Moss Centre .