What Makes Feedback Effective?

In this blog, you can explore preliminary findings from over 1000 students in our most recent 2015 study “From Here to There: How Students Use Feedback.”

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Since our most recent study, “Instructor Writ Large: Student Perceptions on Effective Feedback,” we are continuing the investigation into the effectiveness of feedback with our latest survey, which is currently out and collecting data from students. This questionnaire delves more deeply into how students interact with feedback. Here are some intriguing, preliminary results we are seeing:

Giving Students a Fighting Chance

Read how Jennifer Schroeder, Associate Professor of Biology at Millikin University, helps her students 'get' proper citation practices.

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Time and time again, my students amaze me with their ability to learn. However, the mistakes they often make with citation come not from being unable or unwilling to properly cite, but from not knowing how to make the right changes.

Helping Students Develop their Argument

Read how Rachel Pezold, English and Creative Writing Teacher at Washington High School, gives targeted feedback in Turnitin to help students develop their argument.

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The CEW (Claim, Evidence, Warrant) QuickMarks allow teachers to give students feedback about their evidence writing. They are useful in ensuring that students are really understanding how to use evidence as support to their argument - and then making that evidence useful in the paper.

Quick Tip: Targeted Feedback for Better Conclusions

Read how Matthew Davidson, English teacher at Sutherland High School, provides feedback to better improve student conclusions.

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My "Conc." QuickMark. Description: A conclusion should leave your reader with a sense that your paper, while defending an initial premise, has been building toward an important idea.

Three Ways to Make Citation Practices Stick

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In high school, I had this amazing English teacher, Ms. Bytheway (yes, that was her actual name), who taught me how to write, paraphrase, and cite. Although I disliked her style at the time, through lectures, practice, and more practice, she showed her students how to incorporate research into their writing—and cite correctly.

Three Ways to Streamline Grading Through Turnitin

Classroom strategies blog by Audrey Wick, English Professor at Blinn College

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If I had a nickel for every paper I’ve graded in my career as a teacher, think of all I could buy . . . Finding time to grade and manage all of the hundreds of assignment submissions throughout a given semester is a challenge. These three techniques, though, have helped me streamline my process to make the most effective use of the time I do set aside for grading.

Announcing the Winter Wonderland QuickMark Contest Winner!

Happy Holidays!

A big thanks to the Turnitin community for submitting hundreds of creative and winter-related QuickMarks. It was a tough choice to choose the top 10 given the creativity and instructional depth of many of the QuickMarks.

Also following each winning QuickMark is what the individual had to say about why this QuickMark should win and the projects they chose to donate to via Donorschoose.org.


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How Voice Comments Improve Reader Attention

jennifer-haber-square Classroom practices blog post written by Jennifer Haber, Professor of Communications at St. Petersburg College

A few years ago, I decided that I needed to find a different way to “speak” to my online writing students. Many of them worked long hours, so meeting in person or talking over the phone about their writing were not viable options. And, I had created videos for the course, such as “How to Write an Effective Letter”; however, these were personalized to the course—or the assignment—not the student.

Why the One-on-One Conversation is Better with Turnitin

Classroom strategies blog by Audrey Wick, English Professor at Blinn College

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As a full-time college writing instructor, I teach hundreds of students each academic year. Ideally, I’d love to have individual conversations with students on a weekly basis about their writing—but where would I find the time? Doing so, as much as I would love it, simply isn’t practical.

Teaching Students How to Avoid Plagiarism with Turnitin

sharon-carmack-square Turnitin Certified Trainer, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, shows you how to help your students avoid plagiarism pitfalls.

My students weren’t getting it! I’d tell them over and over again that if they used another author’s words, they must put those words in quotation marks and cite their source. If they didn’t, they were stealing. It was no different than if someone walked into your house and took your things. You own those things, and no one has the right to take them from you. Authors own their work and words; no one has the right to take them. But like your things, an author’s words may be borrowed in moderation, but only if you give proper credit.

Turnitin Receives 2014 Award of Excellence

Turnitin has been recognized as a 2014 winner in the prestigious 32nd Annual Awards of Excellence by Tech & Learning Magazine.

20141120-TL AwardsWith more than 150 edtech products evaluated, Turnitin is awarded in the Best Upgraded Product category. This category honors already released products that have made significant enhancements since the previous version of the same product and evolved with the changing technology to continue to offer the highest quality experiences for educators and students.

Tech & Learning previously recognized Turnitin with an Award of Excellence in 2012. In the past two years Turnitin has made significant upgrades, including:

  • Expanded its service to “grade anything” for evaluating all types of student work (beyond writing)
  • Integrated a “cloud submit” that allows student paper submissions from Google Drive and Dropbox
  • Launched an iPad app that allows educators to “grade anywhere” (surpassing 100,000+ downloads)
  • Launched interactive website that rates student research sources
  • Released grading rubric as a free educational resource


Read more about the Awards of Excellence.

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