Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Student Engagement | Higher Education | UK

Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire

Associate Lecturer, School of English: University of Kent, Canterbury

“I find it hard to think that I could mark without it now. It's an indispensable tool.”

An early adopter of Turnitin, Richard says the service is the future of assessment. He teaches an advanced undergraduate literature module at the University of Kent and relies on Turnitin’s feedback features to give his students “...the kind of feedback that students would get at MA or Ph.D. level,”  that is very constructive with detailed suggestions for improvement.

By saving time marking generic errors, Richard says he can instead spend time developing students’ intellectual content. He uses Turnitin’s text and voice comments to create ‘mini-lessons’ connected to key development areas for each student.

“It’s blended learning. It’s teacher-focused and student-focused.”

One of the greatest benefits to Richard is being able to assess how much the students advance between their first and final essays. His students, mostly digital natives, say they really like online comments and being able to see exactly where to focus their effort. Unlike paper comments that are limited by space and easily lost, Turnitin comments can be easily accessed anytime, from anywhere. Richard says:

“I find it hard to think that I could mark without it now. It's an indispensable tool.”

His students say that the feedback they’re getting in his class is the most useful they’ve ever had.

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