Inspiring Improvement in Students with Turnitin

Beyond Red Ink

Beyond Red Ink: Inspiring Improvement in Students with Turnitin

Ryan Novak

English Teacher Kenston Public Schools

“Kids often don’t like writing, because they don’t think they’re good at it—they get papers back with a bunch of red ink all over them, all the things they’re doing terribly wrong and everything like that. But there’s a real quick, super-easy way to show them all the things they’re doing well.”

“Kids often don’t like writing, because they don’t think they’re good at it—they get papers back with a bunch of red ink all over them, all the things they’re doing terribly wrong and everything like that. But there’s a real quick, super-easy way to show them all the things they’re doing well.” Ryan Novak uses Turnitin Feedback Studio in a way that positively supports his students by making adjustments based on student performance to address deficiencies.

Novak has developed a strategy of downloading the comments he uses for each student, and uses those statistics to identify student strengths and weaknesses. He can see class-wide trends, but the insights Feedback Studio provides help him pinpoint skills a specific student struggles with and provide actionable, targeted feedback to encourage improvement.

Novak champions Turnitin Feedback Studio, and leads workshops for his colleagues, across the curriculum. He says “Any tool that you can use to encourage students in their writing and show them that they’re talented at it and they have a lot of strength is a great, great thing and that’s one of the things I think is the biggest benefits of Turnitin—it’s a great way to encourage students and kind of build up their confidence as writers.”