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FAQ - Students

FAQ - Students

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.

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.

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.

The similarity score indicates the percentage of material in your assessment that can be found in other sources. So, it will pick up things like:

The Cover Page

The Assessment Question (because other students have used it too)

Correctly referenced quotes

Incorrectly referenced quotes

Any string of words that also appear in other assessments, textbooks or online documents

Common phrases

Authors' names

Titles of books

Bibliographies or Reference Lists

In other words it picks up things that are not relevant to referencing. Turnitin is only a tool and judgement needs to be used when you view your Originality Report. For example, your similarity score may be 18% but when you review your report and subtract the 1% for the essay question, 4 or 5% for common phrases and book titles, 5% for the reference list (these figures are just invented examples), the similarity score that is relevant to referencing may be quite small. After you have taken this irrelevant material into account you should make sure that the relevant material is referenced properly and no plagiarism is occurring.

Turnitin does not make a judgement as to what is referenced properly, it simply highlights the nonoriginal material in a piece of work. You should use the similarity score as a guide only and must then look at the Originality Report to determine whether or not changes need to be made to the assessment. You may have unwittingly forgotten to reference a quote, or you may need to consider paraphrasing if the amount of quoted material is too high.

As a guide, no more than 10% of your assessment should be quoted material, the reference list or bibliography is not included in this percentage. Students and instructors can remove the reference list or bibliography from the score within the report by clicking on ‘Exclude Bibliography' in the top left hand Student Guide– Turnitin FAQ's 3 corner of the Originality Report. This will not change the similarity score that appears next to your assessment, but will allow you to view the report without this included.

Not necessarily. The similarity report does not detect plagiarism. It merely indicates sections of text that are found in other sources. For example, it will detect similarity if you have quoted another author in your assessment, whether the reference is appropriately acknowledged or not. When the originality report is returned you are able to check your referencing and to rewrite sections, if required, before submitting your assessment for marking.

High similarity scores do not necessarily constitute plagiarism, but would indicate that you should go back and work on the assessment to address the problems identified and improve the quality of the paper.

It is important to understand that Turnitin does not make a decision on what is plagiarised material and what is not. It only measures similarity between the submitted text and other texts.

Your instructor sees the same Originality Report as you see. Your instructor can see what percentage of material is made up by your cover sheet or bibliography etc. and will decide whether you meet the requirements. Obviously, if a high similarity score is returned after you have taken into account things like common phrases or authors' names, then you need to re-examine your assessment before you submit it for marking. Your instructor views the Originality Report before marking your assessment.

Students are able to submit their draft multiple times prior to making the final submission for marking. Turnitin is a useful tool to support students in developing academic writing skills by giving them early feedback on unacceptable levels of similarity.

All papers submitted to Turnitin will be automatically text matched with web based documents and other submitted papers contained in Turnitin's large databases. After this process has occurred, a digital copy of the assessment will be securely stored in the Turnitin database. Your assessment in its entirety cannot be viewed by anybody except the student, the instructor and authorised staff.

The use of Turnitin will give an indication as to how much non original text is in an assessment so that students can re-write all or parts of their assessment to meet acceptable standards. It is also a valuable self-checking tool that will indicate citation omissions and will help referencing. Used properly, Turnitin will help raise the quality and integrity of students’ work.

The average processing time is well under 30 minutes but occasionally, in periods of high demand or with very lengthy papers, Turnitin will take longer. Occasionally, Turnitin may take 24 hours to generate a report. It is important to leave yourself enough time for the Turnitin process to occur and for any subsequent amendments you may have to make to the assessment, prior to the assessment submission deadline. It is recommended that you submit your assessment through Turnitin a few days prior to the final submission deadline, in order to give yourself adequate time to amend the assessment, if required.

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.

Student names are only visible to instructors in the course site in which the papers were submitted. Student names are not visible to other students on their SafeAssign reports.

No. SafeAssign does not state whether a paper is plagiarized or not. It only identifies content in a paper that matches content from another source. It is initially up to the student but ultimately the instructor and then the academic department to determine if plagiarism has occurred.

  • 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.