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Creating a SafeAssignment:

Video tutorial: Enabling SafeAssign, viewing Originality Reports, and grading SafeAssignments

  1. Access a content area from the course menu on the left side of the screen
  2. Click Assessments | Assignment

  3. In the Create Assignment page complete necessary items, then scroll to the "Grading" section | click Submission Details to expand the link

  4. CHECK the "Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign" option
  5. If you CHECK the "Allow students. . . " option, students will also be able to check their own submissions for possible plagiarism when they click the Assignment link again after submitting the assignment
  6. If you CHECK "Exclude submissions", student papers will NOT be submitted to the Institutional or Global Reference databases - this option replaces the "Draft" option in previous SafeAssign versions

This change does not affect the way students submit SafeAssignments. Students will still see the "legal" statement agreeing to submit their paper to the institutional database, but it won't be visible until they've opened the assignment. Allowing their paper(s) to be submitted to the Global Reference Database is still optional.

Instructors can still access SafeAssign submissions and use the DirectSubmit feature via the Course Tools link below Control Panel as before; however, SafeAssignments can and should be accessed and graded from the Grade Center instead.

To support multiple attempts and submissions from the same student for the same assignment, SafeAssign does not check the contents of the student's current attempt against content from that student's previous submission for that assignment. For Group Assignments, new submissions from the same group won't be checked against previous submissions by the same group to the same assignment as well.

SafeAssignments created before this process change will still be valid and can still be submitted and accessed/graded as they previously were.

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Grading a SafeAssignment:

  1. Open the Grade Center | locate the assignment to be graded and access a student attempt as normal
  2. On the Grade Assignment page, locate the SafeAssign section in the grading sidebar on the right - "Report in progress" appears while the Originality Report is being processed

  3. When the Originality Report is ready to view, a percentage value appears in the grading sidebar. Click the SafeAssign link, then click View Originality Report
  4. To use inline grading annotation tools with SafeAssign, students must submit files in the .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Other file formats can be processed by SafeAssign, but those other formats won't be displayed in the inline grading screen
  5. Separate Originality Reports are generated for each file attached to the attempt. Click each file attached to access each Report and view the inline grading display, if available

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Originality Reports:

Learn how to read Originality Reports

SafeAssign Originality Reports provide detailed information about the matches found between a student's submitted paper and existing sources. Both instructors and students can use the report to review assignment submissions for potential plagiarism and create opportunities to identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase.

The originality report displays the list of potential sources, and each source is highlighted in a different color. The report can display up to 30 colors to represent 30 different sources.

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Last Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015 12:10:47 PM