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SafeAssign/Turnitin Comparison

Feature Turnitin SafeAssign
Blackboard integration NO
Option to integrate with Blackboard not available at CUNY. Accessed through the Turnitin web site. Request an account from helpdesk@hunter.cuny.edu.
YES
Integrated with Blackboard and accessible from within Blackboard courses.
Scope of databases LARGER
Large periodical database and collection of student papers
LARGE
Databases of periodicals and student papers are smaller in scope than Turnitin databases
Control over addition of student papers to the databases YES - Instructor
Instructor controls whether student work is added to the Turnitin database (cross-institutional)
YES - Instructor and student
  • Instructor controls whether student work is added to the Institutional database (CUNY-wide)
  • Student controls whether their work is added to the Global Reference Database (cross-institutional)
Supports multiple drafts YES - Add to an existing assignment
Instructor creates a "revision assignment" for work that was previously submitted. Revision assignments are stored in the Turnitin database, but are not compared to the original.
YES - Set up draft assignment
  • Instructor creates a "draft assignment" for each draft. Draft assignments not stored in SafeAssign databases; therefore, subsequent drafts are not compared to the original.
  • Instructor creates a regular SafeAssignment for the final draft.
Supports multiple submissions of the same assignment YES
Instructor can set up an assignment that allows students to submit papers multiple times until the due date, generating a new originality report each time. Each submission overwrites the previous submission.
YES
Instructor must clear the original assignment to allow students to resubmit. Each submission overwrites the previous submission
Allows instructors to submit student work YES - Can select and upload multiple files
Instructors can submit student work by:
  • Uploading a single file or selecting multiple files
  • Creating and uploading a compressed zip file consisting of multiple student papers
  • Selecting text from a single paper and pasting it into a textbox.
YES - Must compress to upload multiple files Instructors can use the "Direct Submit" option for:
  • Uploading a single file
  • Creating and uploading a compressed zip file consisting of multiple student papers
  • Selecting text from a single paper and pasting it into a textbox
Supported file formats MOST COMMON FILE TYPES
File types accepted include: MS Word (doc and docx), txt, rtf, html, pdf, zip (for batch file upload by the instructor)
MOST COMMON FILE TYPES
File types accepted include: MS Word (doc and docx),  txt, rtf, html, pdf, zip (for batch file upload by the instructor)
Options for generating reports
YES
  • Can restrict comparison check to specific databases
  • Can exclude references, quoted material, and small matches
  • Can see the report in three different formats (highest matches first, one source at a time, and "classic view", where the paper is displayed below the list of matching sources)
NO
  • Cannot exclude references, quoted material, or small matches from the report
  • Can view the report in a single mode, similar to Turnitin's "classic view" mode
Options for giving students feedback
YES - Grademark
Turnitin's GradeMark allows instructors to add inline comments to student submissions.  Instructors can also insert frequently used marking symbols with explanations of what they mean, as well as audio comments.
YES - Microsoft Word markup
Instructors can attach student papers that have been reviewed using the markup tool in Word. Students can leave comments for their instructor.

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