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FAQ - Faculty

Blackboard is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at KSAU-HS. Blackboard is a Web-based learning management system that allows instructors to add resources for students to access online. Blackboard provides many types of tools and features for enriching the learning experience.

When receiving the email and password for the first time via SMS, you cannot login directly to Blackboard by the provided password in the SMS, you need to change the password in the email first, and then you can now login to Blackboard by your username and the changed password.

In order to receive Blackboard access, users must fill the New User Account Form (A-23) and send it with the Photocopy of the badge to Corporate Educational Technology Services department (EduTech) email: EduTech.

Same username and password that used for KSAU email.

You need to use Google Chrome browser for Blackboard.

Availability of the course(s) to the users. Assigning course(s) for specific user will be from College Academic Affairs.

Go to the setting of the created assignment in option menu, double check the settings and its availability for those who cannot submit their assignment. And for those cannot see their plagiarism percentage Instructor needs to delete the attempt of the users if it is Single attempt to re-submit the assignment.

Direct – LMS, or through Colleges website.

From My Institution tab, go to Personal Information under Tools, Select Change Personal Settings.

Because Blackboard Learn is web-based, printing is handled through whatever internet browser you are using. Sometimes you can right-click the area that you want to print and look for a message similar to "Print This Frame." Most browsers have a Help option that can explain more about printing.

If the course content is an attached file, such as a Word document, you can open the document and print it from that program.

We are recommending using the latest version of Google Chrome browser.

If you are having trouble with a Blackboard function, first look through our Blackboard Video Tutorials. If you cannot find your answer there, then please call or email the Blackboard team. Email: Blackboard, Extensions: 92523, 92541, 92565, and 92563

The Blackboard Mobile Learn app is available in the App Store, Android Store and the windows store. Search for “Blackboard Mobile Learn” to find it.

You need a device running:

  • IOS 9.0+
  • Android 4.2+
  • Windows 10+

The Blackboard app for Android and iOS was designed and built for phones, iPads running iOS 9.0+, and Android tablets running 4.2+.

The Blackboard app for Windows is compatible with tablets and phones and looks a bit different than the iOS and Android versions. If you use a Windows device, access the Windows-only help pages.

The Blackboard app supports iOS 9.0+. To learn which operating system version you're running, seeiPhone, iPad, iPod: How to Find the Software Version.

To learn how to update your iOS software, seeUpdate your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

You can update Blogs, Discussions, Journals, and the status of your Tasks. You can also attach media files to your Blog and Discussion posts. If your school's Blackboard system is on the latest version of Blackboard Mobile Learn and your instructors have formatted tests to be mobile-compatible, you can also take tests via your mobile device.

While the questions and answers are the same, the interface has been designed to work specifically with your mobile device. You’ll also notice some unique new features, like the ability to “mark” a question to come back to (and sort by marked or unanswered questions).

Yes! The Blackboard Mobile Learn app syncs with your institution’s Blackboard servers so that any updates make from your mobile device are reflected on the normal Blackboard site, and vice versa.

To mark a course as a Favorite, simply tap the star to the right of the course. It will then appear in the “Favorites” tab within the app. To remove the course from the Favorites list, simply tap the star again.

You can receive push notifications as long as your institution has the latest version of Blackboard Mobile Learn, and has the proper settings enabled on the server. You must also have the most recently available version of the app from the App Store. You can edit your personal push notification preferences from the Settings within the Blackboard Mobile Learn app on your device.

When you create an assignment in Blackboard you're basically creating a virtual pigeon-hole for your students to upload their work.

To create an assignment:

  1. Select 'Assessments' from the Content menu at the top of the content area and choose 'Assignment'.
  2. Give your Assignment a name. This name should be clear to the student, so they know they are submitting their work to the correct place

  3. You can also include some further instruction that will be displayed with the assignment. You should use this to provide some additional information or guidance for your students on the assessment - such as the marking scheme being used or the context for the assessment

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  4. If you wish, you can also upload a document to accompany the assessment. This could be used to include the brief, or the marking scheme, or any additional relevant documents, for the assessment. To do this:

    Click Browse my Computer to upload a file from your computer

    Or else, you can use Browse Course to locate the file if it has been previously uploaded to the module.

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  5. The due date for the assignment is the date by which the students should have uploaded their file. The assignment can still be submitted after the due date, but these will be marked as late:

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  6. For the grading setting, it is recommended that you assign 100 points - weighting can be changed later in the grade center.

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  7. Under submission details, you can determine whether the assignment should be individual or group-based. These should be set to individual unless you already have groups set up in your module in Blackboard.

    The number of attempts can also be set. This can be useful as students may make a mistake with their first submission. It is recommended that you set this to multiple attempts and to set this to 2 or 3

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  8. Under Grading Options, you can enable anonymous marking and delegated marking:

    Anonymous marking will hide a students name when you are marking them

    Delegated marking will allow another member of staff (e.g. another instructor enrolled on the module) to mark student assessments

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  9. Under Display of Grades, you can determine how the grade is displayed to students.

    The Display of grades settings can generally remain as they are unless you dont want to show the grade to students. In this case, you should uncheck the option show to students in my grades

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  10. You can enable date and time restrictions by changing the Availability Settings. (This differs from Due Date settings which allows students to submit an assignment late).

    If the availability is restricted with these settings, for instance a date and time is added for Display Until, the link to the assignment will not appear for the students after this date has passed and so they will no longer be able to submit an assignment.

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  11. Click Submit to save the assignment.

When you have created an assignment, the settings can be changed. Please note, however, that if students have already submitted something against this assignment these submissions may need to be deleted from the grade center before some settings are changed.

You can edit an assignment by moving your mouse over the assignment in the content area until a small arrow will appear to the right of the assignment name:

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Click on this arrow to display the options for this content item and click Edit:

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When setting up an assignment for your students in Blackboard you will be offered settings related to the Due Date and also the Availability.

Due Date

By including a Due Date (optional), the link to the assignment can still be seen by the students and they can continue to submit assignments but any that are submitted after the due date/time will be clearly marked as late:

Both lecturers and students will see that the submission is late - lecturers will see it in the Grade Assignment page and students will see it on their Review Submission History page.

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Availability

By enabling date and time restrictions in Availability settings, you can decide if and when students can see the link for the assignment thus enabling them to make submissions.

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It is generally recommended to leave the Limit Availability options empty and provide a Due Date. Otherwise, if a student wishes to submit an assignment after the deadline you would need to edit the availability of the assignment so that the link would re-appear for the student to submit work.

Folders in Blackboard allow you to organize your files so that students can locate content easily. Lecturers often use folders to group content by week (i.e. Week one, Week two...) or by content type (i.e. Class slides, Assignments, Videos...)

To add a folder to your content area:

  1. Select 'Build Content' from the content menu at the top of the content area and choose 'Content Folder'.

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  2. Give your folder a name.
  3. 3. If you want, you can also include some text that will be displayed with the folder name. This could include a further description of the folders content (e.g. the date and topic covered shown in the image below) or some guidance for your students related to the content of the folder

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  4. Click submit to add your folder to the content area.

To move content from one module to another:

  1. Hover your mouse over the content item that you want to move until the small grey circle appears to the right of the title.

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  2. Click on this circle to display the options for this content item and click Move. You can also click Copy to move a copy of the content item to another location and retain the original file in the current location

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  3. On the next screen, choose the place where you want to move the content item to by choosing the desired module from the Destination Course'. Only the modules that you are an instructor on will appear here.

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  4. Once you have selected the Destination Course, click the browse button next to 'Destination Folder'. This will bring up a list of all the content areas and folders in the selected module.

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  5. Click on the desired folder or content area where you want to move the content item
  6. Click Submit

If you have content that you want to re-use, or use across multiple modules, a useful thing that you can do is move content from one of your modules to another - as long as you are an instructor on both.

To do this:

  1. Go to the lower-left section of the screen, to the Course Management menu, and click on the Packages and Utility section, then click on Course Copy.

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  2. At the top of the screen, under Select Copy Type select Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course

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  3. Next, you need to provide the Destination Course ID (the module code for the module you want to transfer the content into) or click the Browse button to see all of the modules that you are registered as an instructor on.

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    Here you can also perform a search for a module. Select the destination course and click Submit

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  4. Select what module content you want to move - i.e. Content Areas, etc.

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  5. For the next sections it's recommended that you select Copy Links and Copies of the Content (section 3) and leave the 'include Enrolments in the copy' unticked (section 4).

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  6. Then click Submit

    You will get a message that reads - 'Success: Course copy action queued. An email will be sent when the process is complete.' You will also see a notification in the destination module to inform you that the content was moved from one module to this module.

Both exporting and archiving allows you to make a back-up of your module content and material. Each offers different options:

Export

The Export option lets you create a folder of the module content - known as a Package. You can import this package back into Blackboard to create a new course with the same content.

Please note - this will only save the course content. It doesnt save the student interactions or grades.

Archive

The Archive options lets you create a folder of the course content and the user interactions. An archive package will also include the entire grade history. In this way, the archive acts as a kind of permanent record of the entire course.

By default, archived course packages will only include the final, most current grade information.

If you tick 'Include Grade Centre History', the archive will include all grade center information related to changed grades and multiple submissions of assignments, tests or quizzes.

Important - If you are archiving your course, it will include student grades and interactions so ensure that this archive file is stored securely when saved.

The Export option lets you create a folder of the module content - known as a Package. You can then import this package back into Blackboard to create a new course with the same content.

Please note- this will only save the course content. It doesnt save the student interactions or grades.

  1. Go to the lower-left section of the screen, to the Course Management menu, and click on the Packages and Utility section, then click on Export/Archive Course.

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  2. To export your module, select 'Export Package' from the Blue menu at the top of the content area.

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  3. If you want to include all of the files in the module in your export, make sure that Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory is ticked. This results in a larger file size, but it makes sure that you have copies of everything.

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  4. Next, you need to select what module content you want to move - what Content Areas, what Discussion boards, and so on.

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  5. Then click Submit

    After this, you will receive an email to your KSAU-HS email informing you if the export was successful. And the package content file will show up on your Export/Archive Course screen (step 1 above). This zip file is now available for download.

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    NOTE: If you want to import this content into another module, go to the Course Management menu, and click on the Packages and Utility section, then click on Import Package / View Logs. Then, in the next screen choose 'Import Package', choose the file that you downloaded from your computer and click 'Submit'.

The Archive options lets you create a folder of the course content and the user interactions. An archive package will also include the entire grade history. In this way, the archive acts as a kind of permanent record of the entire course.

Important - If you are archiving your course, it will include student grades and interactions so ensure that this archive file is stored securely when saved.

  1. Go to the lower-left section of the screen, to the Course Management menu, and click on the Packages and Utility section, then click on Export/Archive Course.

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  2. To archive your module, select 'Archive Course' from the Blue menu at the top of the content area.

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  3. By default, archived course packages will only include the final, most current grade information. If you tick 'Include Grade Centre History', the archive will include all grade center information related to changed grades and multiple submissions of assignments, tests or quizzes.

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  4. If you want to include all of the files in the module in your archive, make sure that Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory is ticked. This results in a larger file size, but it makes sure that you have copies of everything.

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  5. Then click Submit

    After this, you will receive an email to your KSAU-HS email informing you if the archive was successful. And the archive file will show up on your Export/Archive Course screen (step 1 above). This zip file is now available for download.

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Turnitin is an electronic resource that assists in the detection and deterrence of plagiarism. Instructors using this tool can create a Turnitin Assignment in their Portal course to which students submit their assignments electronically. Each submitted paper is checked for textual similarity using millions of resources stored in the Turnitin.com database. Once analyzed, originality reports are generated within 5-10 minutes for instructors, highlighting questionable areas. Instructors can access and view the Originality Report in their Portal course. Using this information as well as any other relevant information, it is then up to the individual instructor to determine if these passages represent plagiarism.

All work submitted to Turnitin is checked against three databases of content:

  • A current and archived copy of the publicly accessible Internet (more than 4.5 billion pages updated at a rate of 30-40 million pages per day);
  • Millions of published works (from ABI/Inform, Periodical Abstracts, Business Dateline, ProQuest, the Gutenberg Collection of literary classics, and tens of thousands of electronic books);
  • Millions of student papers submitted to Turnitin since 1996.

Turnitin is a web-based plagiarism detection system that has been integrated into the Blackboard system in KSAU-HS and is available for use by KSAU-HS lecturers across all modules.

Turnitin checks submitted work for potential unoriginal content by comparing submissions to several databases of public web and subscription-based sources as well as submissions from other students.

To set up a Turnitin Assignment:

  1. Open up a content area in your module and click on the Assessments tab in the top menu.

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  2. The options for adding a new Turnitin Assignment will appear. Select Paper Assignment on the screen (this will be selected by default) and click Next Step.

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  3. On the next page you can enter your assignment title (this should be clear to the student, so they know they are submitting their work to the correct place) and the point value (it is recommended that you assign 100 points - weighting can be changed later in the grade center).

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  4. Set the various dates and times related to the availability of the assignment to students.

    The start date refers to the date that students can begin submitting assignments

    The due date is the date by which the students should have uploaded their assignments. Additional options can be set later to enable students to submit assignments after the due date, which will be marked as late.

    Post date refers to the availability of GradeMark papers and does not prevent grades from appearing in Blackboard's grade centre.

  5. Additional features and settings can be added to the assignment by selecting the Optional Settings button at the bottom of this screen.

  6. When you have finished adjusting the settings for your assignment, click the Submit button to continue. You will receive a notification that your assignment has been successfully submitted.
  1. To access your students assignments, open the Module Tools section of the Course Management menu and you should see a link for Turnitin Assignments:

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  2. Click on this link and a list of the Turnitin assignments for your module will be displayed. Clicking on a particular assignment will present the Assignment Inbox for this assignment along with links for various other options related to the assignment.

Yes, it is possible to allow students to submit multiple drafts of their assignments prior to the due date. You can also decide if they can view the originality report for each submission. Allowing them to view these reports can be beneficial as students can assess and improve on their work.

The following steps outline the process:

  1. Create a Turnitin assignment including the name, points value and start/due dates as normal.
  2. Click to reveal the 'Optional Settings'
  3. Under the heading of 'Originality Report', ensure that the following options are selected:
    • Choose 'Yes' for Generate Originality Reports for submissions
    • Set Generate Originality Reports for student submissions to 'immediately (can overwrite reports until due date)'
    • Choose 'Yes' for Allow students to see Originality Reports

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Please note:

Only the latest originality report will be available to view by the student and lecturer.

It may take up to 24hrs to generate each new report after a re submission.

Revision assignments are duplicates of a 'parent' assignment that can be used to collect drafts of student work. They are often used by lecturers wishing to view student progress for an assignment as, ordinarily, if students made multiple submissions for an assignment each new submission overwrites the last.

For instance - a lecturer first creates an assignment called 'End of Semester Assignment' which will be used to collect the final submissions for grading. The lecturer also creates a revision assignment based on this is called 'End of Semester Assignment: Revision 1'. The settings associated with the final assignment will automatically be added to his revision assignment when it is set up but some settings can be changed (e.g. due dates, instructions).

To create a revision assignment:

  1. Create a 'Paper Assignment' as normal for the final submission.
  2. Create a new Turnitin assignment but select 'Revision Assignment' on the first page instead of 'Paper Assignment':

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  3. Choose the assignment on which to base the Revision Assignment by selecting the assignment you created in step 1 above.
  4. Make any required changes to the settings available for the Revision Assignment:

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  5. Click Submit to save the Revision Assignment.

Additional features and settings can be added to the assignment by selecting the Optional Settings button at the bottom of this screen.

Enter special instructions: Allows you to add any additional information for your students regarding the assignment.

Allow submissions after the due date: If you choose yes, students will still be able to submit assignments after the due date but they will be marked late. If you choose no, students will no longer be able to submit assignments.

Originality Reports: Originality reports are results generated from a comparison of the submission against numerous repositories and internet sources. The reports offer a summary of unoriginal or questionable text within a submission.

Generate originality reports for submissions: If you choose yes, Turnitin will present a summary of the submission with any unoriginal or potentially unoriginal work highlighted in the text and with links to the source in question offered in the margin.

Generate originality reports for student submissions: This setting allows you to choose one of three options for when students can see originality reports:

  • Immediately (first report is final) - This option would typically be used for a final submission of an assignment. Students receive an originality report and cannot resubmit their paper. The instructor will need to delete the student's submission in order to allow them to resubmit.
  • Generate reports immediately (can overwrite until due date) - This option allows students to resubmit their paper as often as they like before the due date and is often used by students to submit drafts of assignments to the lecturer or as a means of self-assessment. After each new submission the student will receive a new originality report, although it may take up to 24 hours to generate these reports after the second and subsequent submissions. Earlier student submissions are overwritten.
  • Generate reports on due date - Students may resubmit papers as often as they like until the due date, however they will only receive one originality report which will be generated when the due date and time has been reached.

Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment: This setting allows lecturers to exclude any bibliographic, citation or reference sections from being checked for matches by Turnitin.

Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment: This setting allows lecturers to exclude any text in quotes from being checked for matches by Turnitin.

Exclude small matches? This setting allows lecturers to exclude text that is less than a predetermined word count or percentage, as set by the lecturer, e.g. exclude text matches that are less than 3 words in length.

Allow students to see Originality Reports? If you choose yes, students will be able to see the originality report that is generated for their submission.

Submit papers to: This option allows you to decide whether student submissions are stored in the Turnitin student paper repository. If you choose to submit papers to the repository the student submission will be checked against other students work, e.g. your students in previous years, other modules, etc.

Search options: You can choose what repositories or sources the student submissions will be checked against. The more options selected the more accurate the originality report.

GradeMark: The GradeMark section offers options related to the GradeMark feature and the ability to attach relevant rubrics to the submission.

SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service, offered by Blackboard. This service helps instructors prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, it also has features designed to aid in educating students about plagiarism and the importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content.

SafeAssign can be used in two ways:

  • Faculty Members can set up SafeAssignments in their courses on Blackboard and let students submit papers to complete these assignments, in a way very similar to the Assignment tool provided by Blackboard Learning System. The papers will then be delivered to Faculty Members through the Blackboard Learning System together with the SafeAssign Originality Reports, which details the results of the matching process.
  • Faculty Members may upload papers directly, without student involvement through the Direct Submit feature.

A SafeAssign Originality Report highlights any blocks of text in submitted documents that match reference sources, and links back to the matching documents on the Internet or in supported content databases. SafeAssign reports also show similarity ratings for each matching sentence and allow Faculty Members to view a line-by-line comparison of potentially unoriginal text from submitted papers and the matching external documents.

If instructors enable student viewing, each student can view the reports for their own submitted papers.

  • Internet – comprehensive index of billions of documents available for public access on the Internet;
  • ProQuest ABI/Inform database with over 1,100 publication titles and about 2.6 million articles from '90s to present time, updated weekly (exclusive access);
  • Institutional document archives containing all papers submitted to SafeAssign by users in their respective institutions;
  • Global Reference Database containing papers that were volunteered by students from Blackboard client institutions to help prevent cross-institutional plagiarism.
The Institutional Database is the archive of papers submitted by students in your institution. Each institution’s Institutional Database is stored in the central SafeAssign service and kept separate from other institution’s databases. Papers are automatically added to this database upon submission and are stored in the central service to be checked against other papers submitted from your institution. The Institutional Database is completely separate from the Global Reference Database which extends across institutions and students must volunteer their papers to.
SafeAssign can generate originality reports for papers written in all alphabet-based languages with left-to-right writing. The user interface is currently only available in English.

Reports are not generated instantaneously it usually takes from several seconds to few minutes to receive a report.

SafeAssign supports Word (.doc or .docx), plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), .pdf, and .html formats. In addition, supported file types can be compressed to a .zip file for Direct Submit.

The sentence matching scores represent the percentage probability that two phrases have the same meaning. This number can also be interpreted as the reciprocal to the probability that these two phrases are similar by chance. For example, a score of 90 percent means that there is a 90 percent probability that these two phrases are the same and a 10 percent probability that they are similar by chance and not because the submitted paper includes content from the existing source (whether or not it is appropriately attributed).

The overall score is an indicator of what percentage of the submitted paper matches existing sources. Please note that this score is a warning indicator only and it is the facultys responsibility to review the papers carefully to see if the matches are properly attributed.

Scores below 15 percent:
These papers typical include some quotes and few common phrases or blocks of text that match other documents. These papers typically do not require further analysis, as there is no evidence of the possibility of plagiarism in these papers.

Scores between 15 percent and 40 percent:
These papers include extensive quoted or paraphrased material or they may include plagiarism. These papers should be reviewed to determine if the matching content is properly attributed.

Scores over 40 percent:
There is a very high probability that text in this paper was copied from other sources. These papers include quoted or paraphrased text in excess and should be reviewed for plagiarism.

You can fill out the New User Account Form (A-23) Link, attached a scanned copy of your badge and submit to EduTech for processing. You will received a SMS once your account is created with your account details.

Usually users cannot access their account either the account is blocked or the password has expired. Users can coordinate with their College IT or EduTech to reset or unblock their account.

Users can either archive their files by creating local folder in their PC or they can submit request by filling out the form Link .

Users can fill out the form Linkonly with the required changes, attached supporting documents and submit to EduTech for processing. Changes will reflect immediately in Active Directory but it takes time to reflect in Outlook.

Some websites are not allowed to be access from KSAU-HS intranet for security purposes but if users require to access the website for work purposes, users can request to have it unblock by filling out the form Link and submit to EduTech for processing.

Provide your KSAU-HS email address to EduTech in order to check if your email address is included in the Message Center Distribution Group.

When changing your account password, make sure that its more than 8 alpha-numeric characters, with special characters, and should not include any part of your name.

You need to fill out the form Link and indicate if you want a new shared folder or request to access an existing shared folder. Once approved by Department Head, submit to EduTech for processing.