Plagiarism detection with SafeAssign


SafeAssign is a web-based plagiarism detection service only available within webcourses. SafeAssign is a tool that allows students to electronically submit assignments and check these submissions for uncredited passages taken from other sources. SafeAssign Direct Submit is an additional tool which allows the lecturer to directly upload individual documents to SafeAssign (via Both tools produce reports that show matching sequences of words, matching sources and the percentage of matching words in the submission.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • understand what SafeAssign can do
  • discuss the pedagogical considerations of plagiarism detection
  • create a SafeAssignment for your students
  • submit a paper to a SafeAssignment
  • view and interpret a SafeAssign Report
  • review and grade a SafeAssignment
  • add the SafeAssign Direct Submit tool to a webcourses module
Who is this workshop suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for all academic staff, but you need to have a webcourses account.

Links to DIT Institutional Objectives

This workshop is considered to support the following DIT institutional objectives:

  • Develop the curriculum
  • Develop and support teaching excellence
  • Develop key skills & competencies in students
Any pre-requisites / advance preparation required?

Previous use of as a designer is necessary.

Facilitated by?

This workshop is facilitated by Ken Lacey of the DIT Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre.