Can Blackboard SafeAssign Detect AI Generated Content?

Can Blackboard SafeAssign Detect AI Generated Content?
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Submitting assignments on Blackboard can be stressful, especially with worries about AI detection. But don’t worry—I’ve been there, and I’ve found ways to work around it.

I’ve used AI tools for my assignments and essays quite a bit, and it’s crucial to know how to bypass Blackboard's AI detection. This guide will help you understand how to use AI writing tools effectively without getting caught. I’ll share practical tips and techniques I’ve used to ensure my work looks original.

In this article, you’ll learn about:

  • How to make AI-generated text look natural
  • Techniques to edit AI writing so it passes detection
  • Why it’s important to double-check and revise your AI-generated content

By the end, you’ll feel more confident about submitting your assignments without worrying about AI detection.

What Is Blackboard?

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Blackboard is a learning management system (LMS) that lets educators create and deliver online courses. If you're new to Blackboard, here's a simple breakdown.

Understanding Blackboard's Tools

SafeAssign: This tool checks your assignments for plagiarism. It compares your work against various sources to see if anything matches too closely. It's like having a built-in checker to ensure your work is original.

Lockdown Browser: This is used during online exams to prevent cheating. It locks down your computer, so you can’t open other programs or browse the internet while taking your test. It’s pretty straightforward to use once you have it set up.

How to Use These Tools

When you upload an assignment, SafeAssign will automatically scan it. If you’re worried about plagiarism, you can usually check the report before your final submission (this varies by course, so double-check with your instructor). It’s a good idea to review this report to make sure there’s no unintentional plagiarism.

For exams, your instructor might require the Lockdown Browser. You’ll need to download and install it (don’t worry, it’s easy to find on the Blackboard site). Once installed, open the browser, log in to Blackboard, and start your exam. Remember, you won’t be able to access anything else on your computer during the test.

Does Blackboard SafeAssign Detect AI Generated Content?

Students getting caught with AI generated content.

Technically, no. Blackboard can't actually detect AI-generated content directly. While SafeAssign is great for catching regular plagiarism, it struggles with AI writing.

Why? Because AI doesn’t just copy and paste. It creates new text based on patterns, which SafeAssign can’t easily recognize. When you submit something written by AI, SafeAssign might get confused. The content might be similar to other sources, but it's technically original. This means SafeAssign won’t find an exact match in its database.

Turnitin AI Detection

Here’s the real deal: Blackboard has integrated Turnitin’s AI detection tool to catch AI-generated content. Turnitin is designed to recognize patterns that indicate AI writing.

How Turnitin Detects AI Content

Turnitin looks for certain markers that are common in AI-generated text. These might include unusual phrasing or repetitive structures. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good at spotting text that’s likely written by an AI.

What This Means for You

If you’re using AI tools for your assignments, you need to be careful. Here are some tips:

  • Review and Edit: Always go through AI-generated content and make it sound more like your own writing. Adjust phrases, add personal insights, and ensure it aligns with your usual style.
  • Check Reports: When you submit your work, check any reports generated by Turnitin or SafeAssign. This helps catch any flagged content early.

How About Turnitin? How Well Does It Detect AI?

I’ve done plenty of tests with Turnitin among other AI detection tools, and time after time, it’s shown it can spot AI-generated content pretty well. Here’s how it works and what you need to know.

How Turnitin AI Detection Works

Turnitin’s AI detection tool highlights parts of your text that might be from an AI tool. It doesn’t just flag the entire document but points out specific sections that seem off. This helps teachers or reviewers decide if there’s a problem.

What Turnitin Looks For

  1. Patterns in Writing: Turnitin is smart enough to notice patterns that don’t match how humans usually write. It spots features linked to computer-generated writing, like repetitive structures or unusual phrasing.
  2. Logical Flow: The system checks if the text makes sense and flows logically. If there are weird parts that don’t fit, it might indicate AI writing. It’s like having an extra set of eyes to catch anything that feels off.
  3. Fancy or Fake Sentences: AI tools sometimes produce sentences that sound too fancy or fake. Turnitin can understand the meaning and purpose behind the words, flagging any that seem suspicious.
  4. Code in Text: Another clue Turnitin looks for is computer code embedded in the text. This is a big red flag that a machine might have generated the content.

Can Blackboard Detect AI Generated Content Which Has Been 'Humanized'

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Well this depends on the rewriting tool that you use. Websites like Quillbot don't really work that well for this type of use case, however specialized tools such as Twixify and Undetectable AI have been shown to be far more effective.

If Quillbot generates text that feels like it was written by a human, Blackboard’s AI detector might not catch it. Quillbot rephrases your text, making it unique enough to avoid detection by AI tools looking for computer-generated patterns. So, if your Quillbot text reads naturally and doesn't exhibit common AI writing characteristics, it’s less likely to be flagged.

However, there’s a catch. If Quillbot’s rephrased text closely resembles the original content, Turnitin might flag it for possible AI content. SafeAssign compares your text to a database of existing works to find similarities. So, if Quillbot’s output is too similar to the source material, it could trigger a plagiarism alert.


Blackboard's SafeAssign struggles with detecting AI-generated content because AI creates original text based on patterns rather than copying. However, Blackboard now uses Turnitin's AI detection tool, which is good at identifying AI-written text by spotting unusual phrasing and repetitive structures. While Turnitin is effective, it sometimes falsely flags complex human writing as AI-generated, but it excels at highlighting suspicious sections rather than entire documents.

True Or False?

ChatGPT generated content can be detected by Google and Teachers?