Global Innovation Awards 2016: Winner

Category: Student Engagement | Africa & Middle East

Eva Sujee

Eva Sujee

Deputy Director, Research: South African Qualifications Authority (Previously: Teacher, St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls), South Africa

“Turnitin was also very good for self-directed learning. Learners can take responsibility for their learning so they see where their mistakes are and they work on it and they try not to do it again. In this case especially I think it’s a very powerful tool.”

In her previous role as a teacher working at a girls’ boarding school in Pretoria, Eva had the challenge of trying to address varying levels of proficiency in Afrikaans in her First Additional Language class. Eva saw Turnitin as an ideal means to track her students’ progress and ultimately make them “more independent and advanced writers”. She made innovative use of QuickMarks in a variety of different colors to share both positive and negative feedback on student work, enabling students at a glance to see where they are excelling and also where additional support was needed. For example, Eva used “sunny” yellow to denote outstanding work from students.

Eva used Turnitin voice comments to further engage and empower her students in their own learning, something which will be of benefit to students if they go on to further study at university:

“Turnitin was also very good for self-directed learning. Learners can take responsibility for their learning so they see where their mistakes are and they work on it and they try not to do it again. In this case especially I think it’s a very powerful tool.”

Additionally, Turnitin also has become a starting point for a peer support network where stronger students are able to assist those who are struggling with particular areas via an online discussion forum.

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