SafeAssign Language Expansion Project

Discussion created by jh29822 on Oct 1, 2019
Latest reply on Oct 2, 2019 by sc0076439

Over the course of this year the SafeAssign team has made improvements to our processing of submissions for non-English languages. We recently announced that we have improved the functionality for Spanish so much that we consider our processing of Spanish submissions to be equivalent to English submissions. We would like to continue to improve SafeAssign’s language processing for all other non-English and Spanish languages Blackboard Learn supports. 

Historically, we have stated that SafeAssign only supports English, which has reduced the number lot of non-English or Spanish student submissions we can use anonymously to research improvements to SafeAssign’s language processing. Over the next 3-6 months the SafeAssign team will continue to make improvements to SafeAssign to expand our language processing capabilities for the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese, Brazilian

To validate that our changes have improved the flexibility and quality of SafeAssign's processing in those languages we need a minimum of one thousand submissions in each language. In order to gather more submissions, we need clients to create more assignments that accept submissions in those languages. Furthermore, we need clients to recommend websites that SafeAssign should scan and process for matches in non-English and Spanish languages. Finally, we would like to interview clients about their experience with SafeAssign when students submit papers in non-English and Spanish languages.

If you are interested in helping us validate our improvements, you can do one or more of the following things:

  1. Sign up for our SafeAssign Language Expansion Project
  2. Encourage your faculty to consider trial or draft assignments with SafeAssign enabled using a language written by your students that is not English or Spanish

Gather a list of websites that your institution’s subject matter experts believe should be searched and compared to student submissions in languages other than Spanish and English