Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Student Engagement | Higher Education | UK

Pamela Davies

Pamela Davies

Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences: Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

“The teaching team has been able to engage in robust moderation and thoughtful dialogue with external examiners, with greater transparency than was previously possible.”

For the past eight years, Pam has been a pioneer in using Turnitin at her institution, and more recently she has used the software to streamline and standardize the feedback process within the Social Sciences department. The results: saved time and clear, open communication between students, teachers, and external examiners:

“The teaching team has been able to engage in robust moderation and thoughtful dialogue with external examiners, with greater transparency than was previously possible,” says Pam.

For summative assessments, teachers in her department have linked Turnitin to a standard rubric, which makes it easier for them to comment in a consistent way and for students to understand what they need to do to meet expectations. When it’s time to submit work to external examiners for these assessments, Pam says Turnitin allows examiners to see the full range of marks online in an anonymous way. The paperless process is much faster, which students like because they get their results well within the 20-day required turnaround time.

“We’re at the stage now where we’re all working to the same teaching and learning plan,” says Pam, explaining that by improving internal and external feedback processes, they’re better able to attract and support a higher caliber of students and teach them valuable writing skills.

Furthermore, she’s leading an effort to increase usage of Turnitin across her University and at other institutions because she sees it as, “...not another hurdle, but actually an enabling tool for teachers that enhances the experience of students.”

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