The University of San Francisco: Information Technology Services
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Assessment Systems

To achieve successful student performance, learning technology calls for good assessment tools.

Plagiarism Prevention System

USF uses a plagiarism prevention system called The system compares submitted papers with a database of published works to identify sources that may require attribution. It is a resource that USF has licensed that is designed to help students avoid plagiarism and improper citation. The software encourages original writing and proper citation practices.


Turnitin is integrated with Canvas. During the creation of an assignment, instructors specify an attribute of Turnitin. Once the assignment is made available, students simply upload their paper to the assignment in Canvas and an Originality Report is automatically generated.This report is viewable directly in Canvas by both the instructor and student. For details on how to create a Turnitin assignment and view Turnitin originality results, please see the USF Canvas One Stop Page for Resources and Quick Reference Guides.

Turnitin also remains a Blackboard Building Block; students can submit their papers within Blackboard. For more information on using Turnitin in Blackboard, visit the Turnitin information Wiki Page.


Clickers are interactive handheld devices that, when used in the classroom, can provide real-time, formative assessment.  Clickers also increase student engagement, can be used to take classroom attendance, conduct quizzes, and maintain a gradebook.  i>Clicker is the brand that USF has standardized on.

Survey Monkey

Survey monkeySurvey Monkey is USF's web-based survey creation tool by Basic Survey Monkey accounts are free and faculty, staff, and students can create their own accounts and surveys. Using just your web browser, you can create a survey with an intuitive survey editor. It's easy to select from over a dozen types of questions (single choice, multiple choice, rating scales, drop-down menus, and more), use the popup invitation generator to maximize your response rate, or use an automated e-mail notification and list management tool to track your respondents. Survey results are collected in real-time. Other features include watch live graphs and charts, dig down to get individual responses, securely share your survey results with others, powerful filtering, and data download into Excel or SPSS.


E-portfolios allow students to collect and store work and reflections on learning in projects, courses or entire programs online. These portfolios may be used in assessment of student learning outcomes, to provide documentation to regulating bodies, to show student work to prospective employers, and more.

USF uses a subscription-based e-portfolio service called TaskStream (Current fees). For more information, please contact the Center for Instruction and Technology.