Blackboard Inc., a leading provider of educational enterprise software and services, unveiled a new plagiarism prevention service, SafeAssign. This new service helps prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers and delivering reports within the Blackboard Learning System. 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 helps its clients educate students on the importance of academic integrity and attribution.