Tools that Support Academic Integrity

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2014 09:56AM PST
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Blackboard includes different features that can enhance student integrity during exams and curb cheating.
  • Test Options: Select options such as Prevent Backtracking, Auto-Submit, Number of Attempts, Randomize, and date restrictions that limit availability.
  • Access Log: This relatively new feature in Blackboard, allows you to see the amount of time each student spent on each test question. See Test Access Log on the Blackboard Inc. website for details.
  • Pools: Test question pools provide randomization of test questions. Selections from the pool can be customized by various criteria including level of difficulty, textbook chapters, previous quizzes, and more.
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TurnItIn is a product that integrates seamlessly with Blackboard. Turnitin accepts a variety of file types allowing instructors to provide feedback and evaluate other assignment file formats and types--not just papers.
  1. Originality Report: The Originality Report provides a summary of matching or similar areas of text found in a submitted paper.
  2. File Formats:  See the most current list of acceptable formats and file sizes on the the Turnitin Submitting Papers page (
See our article on Plagiarism and Turnitin for further information or go straight to "Creating a Turnitin Assignment."
The Respondus software suite provides different tools to encourage academic honesty.
  1. Respondus Test Creation Software: Occasionally, faculty want to print a test that is already in Blackboard. You can import a test from Blackboard using Respondus and save as a Microsoft Word document thus allowing you to provide paper versions of tests. 
  2. Respondus Lockdown Browser: Prevent students from using other digital resources while completing exams on Blackboard.
  3. Respondus Monitor: Record students activity during exam periods.
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Parscore test evaluation software enable faculty to promote academic honesty in the traditional classroom setting using paper exams. Multiple versions of tests are easily graded in Parscore and then uploaded into the Blackboard Grade Center.