One of our features to help ensure secure assessment is the Copy / Paste Alert. This alert is designed to show whenever a student uses any copy and paste function -- this could include CTRL C/V keyboard short-cuts, right-clicking the mouse to select copy/paste, etc..

If a student has used these functions, you will see an exclamation mark alert that reads, "This response includes copy & pasted parts."

At this time, Formative does not have the ability to determine where they copy and paste came from. The alert simply shows as a way to make you aware that students used this function.

Because we do not know what was copied and pasted, nor where it was copied from, teacher discretion is required, and we never auto-grade these responses as incorrect.

Some common reasons this alert will show that are not cheating might include:

  • World Languages classes: copying words with special characters
  • All content areas: copying parts of a question to use as a sentence starter
  • Copying words that are difficult to spell from the question or another source
  • Using some Chrome extensions, such as "Grammarly" to accept suggestions for their writing

It could be helpful to let your students know that you are aware when they use any copy/paste function, but that this does not always indicate cheating.

For tips on how students in World Languages classes can add accent marks and other special characters, check out our Tips for World Languages Teachers article.

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