Blackboard Cleanup – Archive Your Summer 2014 Courses Before End of May

Course Deletion Message

Remember, courses that were offered in the summer of 2014 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SU2015. 

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.


Due to the changes in username formats, servers, and service packs that have happened since June of 2013,  requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

Using Blackboard’s SafeAssign for Plagiarism Detection in Assignments

As of January 2015, SafeAssign, Blackboard’s third-party plagiarism evaluation service, has been integrated with the standard Blackboard Assignment. It is no longer a separate type of content. When an instructor creates a regular Blackboard Assignment, the instructor has the option to enable SafeAssign’s Plagiarism Tools to automatically scan and compare the files that a student submits for originality.

Please note that SafeAssign does not offer conclusive proof of plagiarism; further investigation by the instructor is required. SafeAssign is best used to discourage plagiarism in student works and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources.

To learn more about creating Assignments that automatically assess for plagiarism, please review the following training videos and resources.

Creating an Assignment that Uses SafeAssign

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Using Blackboard’s Item Analysis to Evaluate Online Test Question Effectiveness

If you have created and deployed online tests in your courses in Blackboard, you can collect and check statistics on your students’ overall test performance and performance on questions through the Item Analysis tool.  Through Item Analysis, you can determine the effectiveness of test questions and whether questions are good discriminators of student knowledge. To learn more, please watch Blackboard’s video and review the provided resources.