Would a checklist improve the quality of your students' written work? Here are some examples.
When creating directions for an assignment requiring research, be specific.
Good: Use five sources or more. At least 3 must be from peer-reviewed journals or scholarly books. Websites cited are authoritative. (Viewed as reliable by experts in the field.) Consider stating a time range for articles if appropriate. For example: limit articles to those published from 2007 to current. Justify use of sources that are older.
Vague: Use information from a variety of sources.
SafeAssign is a plagiarism checker available through Blackboard. It detects word matches between the submitted assignment and other sources. It will not identify writing issues, spelling errors or mistakes in formatting citations. Blackboard help for SafeAssign can be found here. You can add SafeAssign to your course content on Blackboard. The library also offers access to SafeAssign for students whose teachers do not offer SafeAssign. For additional information on adding SafeAssign to your course, contact Andrew Damp. Students wishing to use the library access to SafeAssign should email Jamie Kellner.