Blackboard Unveils Plagiarism Prevention Service
SafeAssign, Available as New Blackboard Beyond Service, Aims to Prevent Plagiarism and Protect the Originality of Work
BOSTON, MA, Jul 10, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- BbWorld '07, Blackboard Annual Users Conference -- On the opening
day of BbWorld(TM) '07, the annual Blackboard Users Conference,
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational
enterprise software and services, unveiled a new plagiarism
prevention service, SafeAssign(TM). This new service helps prevent
plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers and
delivering reports within the Blackboard Learning System(TM).
SafeAssign empowers faculty and students to protect the originality
of work, as well as creates an opportunity to educate students on the
importance of proper attribution and citation.
It is currently available at no additional cost to all enterprise
licensees of the Blackboard Learning System.
The topic of plagiarism has gained significant attention in recent
years with several high profile incidents reported on college campuses
and the proliferation of web-based "paper mills." In addition to
those who admit cheating, many students are simply unsure of what
plagiarism is and if and when they are cheating. Through SafeAssign,
Blackboard is proud to help its clients educate students on the
importance of academic integrity and attribution.
Here's How SafeAssign Works:
SafeAssign, checks papers and assignments (submitted via the
Blackboard Learning System) against information on the Internet
(scanning billions of web pages) and several different databases,
-- ProQuest ABI/Inform database with more than 1,100 publication titles
and 2.6 million articles (updated weekly);
-- Institutional document archives containing all papers submitted to
SafeAssign by users in their respective institutions (in accordance with
such institutions' existing policies); and a
-- Global Reference Database of papers voluntarily submitted by students
An originality report is then delivered to the faculty member,
student or both (as determined by the instructor), highlighting any
blocks of text in submitted documents that match reference sources,
with links back to the matching documents on the Internet or in
supported content databases. Instructors can then determine the
appropriate next steps, based on their own judgment and campus'
policy or code.
Blackboard will also dedicate resources from Ask Dr. C, a question
and answer service moderated by an expert group of Blackboard clients,
to ensure clients' success with the SafeAssign tool. Ask Dr. C will
serve as a central online platform, accessible both on Blackboard's
corporate website and client extranet, Behind the Blackboard(TM), for
questions ranging from how to use SafeAssign to what to do if a
student has submitted plagiarized work
SafeAssign is a unique plagiarism prevention service because student
and/or faculty papers are included (with prior consent from the
author) in a Global Reference Database.
"SafeAssign provides a valuable new tool to Blackboard clients,
helping shed light on the important issue of plagiarism while working
to prevent it," said Michael Chasen, president and CEO of Blackboard.
"Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of using Blackboard technology
is being part of the Blackboard community; SafeAssign is a tool that
truly takes advantage of this extensive community. As more and more
institutions add materials and papers to the SafeAssign Global
Reference Database, detecting plagiarism will become more efficient
and accurate. No other solution can bring so many clients together to
help address an issue that affects all institutions."
SafeAssign is part of the Blackboard Beyond Initiative(TM), a series
of innovative, centrally-hosted web services designed to empower the
Blackboard client network. SafeAssign is currently available by
downloading the SafeAssign Blackboard Building Block(R) or Blackboard
PowerLink(TM) (applications which extend the Blackboard platform)
from Behind the Blackboard and will be included pre-installed in
future versions of the Blackboard Learning System enterprise product
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people
use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around the globe,
including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education
providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused
merchants that serve education providers and their students.
Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in
North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
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