Simulating the Writing Process in Chemistry with Turnitin

Actionable, Targeted Feedback

Simulating the Writing Process in Chemistry with Turnitin

Lafayette Eaton

Adjunct Chemistry Faculty St. John Fisher College, New York

"You're simulating the true writing cycle: working with your colleague, being able to work with them and trust them on their feedback, and making it more social.”

Lafayette Eaton has used Turnitin Feedback Studio for over a decade in his chemistry classes. Faced with the challenge of giving feedback that explains complex concepts, Eaton uses Feedback Studio’s quickmarks to speed his grading process and improve student comprehension. STEM instructors face a special challenge when it comes to providing actionable, targeted feedback: “You couldn't give feedback on what was wrong if the student hadn’t taken the actual initiative to come see you or do their own research. ...with QuickMarks, I can make it easier for them to see and use the feedback right away.”

Eaton creates collaborative assignments and uses PeerReview to improve student’s understanding of how rubrics impact final grades and to demonstrate their comprehension of subject matter. “We found the reviews to be a little bit more robust when there was something behind it, like letting students know that they will be assessed on how well they write their reviews.”

Eaton’s students use Feedback Studio throughout the writing cycle: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. By making the feedback process more social and placing greater emphasis on peer assessments, students can learn what it’s like to review writing samples, and they improve on their own writing. “You're simulating the true writing cycle: working with your colleague, being able to work with them and trust them on their feedback, and making it more social.”