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Turnitin Feedback Studio: A Comprehensive Assessment Tool that Improves Student Writing & Upholds Integrity

Educators are always searching for ways to improve student outcomes. As instructors implement the newest research-based teaching methods in their classrooms, they search for tools and technologies that enhance students’ educational experience. 

Turnitin Feedback Studio helps ensure students write with integrity and enables instructors to provide comprehensive assessments of written assignments. By automating some parts of the process, the tool makes grading more efficient. The commenting and grading features available in Turnitin Feedback Studio make giving feedback to your students easier and more timely. 

Turnitin Feedback Studio’s time-saving formative feedback and grading tools help students cultivate writing excellence, build critical thinking skills, and drive career readiness. Even better, it's seamlessly integrated into Canvas, making it easy for you and your students to access its many features.

In this article, we’ll focus on the formative feedback features that Turnitin Feedback Studio offers. Understanding the full potential of Feedback Studio and its robust features will allow you to maximize the outcomes of using this tool

5 Ways Turnitin Feedback Studio Improves the Learning Process

1. A Continuous Learning Cycle with Student Resubmissions of Drafts 

One of the factors that make students more willing to try and correct their errors is timely feedback. Turnitin Feedback Studio’s Resubmission function gives students such feedback.

Each time your students submit a draft of a paper, text similarity, and citation errors are identified and an explanation of the error is provided. Your students then can apply what they have learned before resubmitting their paper. With each submission of a revised draft, your students can see if they corrected their mistakes or if they need to make further revisions. This way resubmission of students’ draft papers leads to a continuous learning cycle.

Resubmission Setting empowers students by giving them multiple opportunities to critically examine their writing and apply new concepts and skills.

When an instructor activates Resubmission Settings, students have multiple opportunities to submit their paper for a  Similarity Report to ensure it is free from similarity errors. Upon reviewing their Similarity Report, students may find that they need to paraphrase content, add quotations, or perhaps rewrite their entire paper to eliminate unintentional plagiarism. With each Similarity Report, students can review their papers and make the proper revisions.

2. Draft Coach Provides Students with Automated Feedback

Draft Coach acts as your students’ personal tutor. As they are writing, Draft Coach identifies text similarities, citation and grammar errors and gives your students suggestions on how to correct them. As a result, your students take an independent role in their learning and the revision process.

Draft Coach is also there when you need a second pair of hands. For example, Draft Coach can serve as an intervention tool to help students who are struggling with specific skill sets. By having students use Draft Coach before submitting their final drafts, instructors save time when grading. 

With Draft Coach, which is installed as a Google Docs add-on, students become self-learners. With each grammar and punctuation error, matching text, or citation mistake Draft Coach identifies in their papers, students can study the accompanying explanation, suggestions for revision, and examples. Then they can rewrite the problematic section. As a result, students take responsibility for improving their writing with each revision they make.

3. Rubrics--A Tool for Objective Evaluation and Formative Learning

Feedback Studio’s rubrics function helps ensure assessments are aligned with standards and students take an active role in their own learning.

When you develop a rubric, you should decide which elements of an assignment will be graded as well as the criteria for each level of mastery. With such clear descriptions of expectations, you can quickly, and objectively, ascertain whether each of your students has achieved the knowledge and skills for each level.

Rubrics are also an effective formative learning tool. When you give your students a rubric with an assignment, they can determine whether they have the knowledge and skills to meet the criteria for a level. 

Rubrics also make it easier for students to target areas of weakness. For example, you can include comments on the rubric that explain exactly how a student failed to meet the criteria for a particular element. As a result, each student can focus on the specific skills or knowledge he or she needs to improve.

Rubrics and grading forms serve multiple purposes: they can enable you to grade assignments quickly and objectively, guide instruction by revealing learning gaps, and give students the means to take control of their own learning. 

By placing your grading sheet beside your students’ papers with Expanded Rubic Manager or Expanded Grading Form Manager, you can easily determine whether your students met the criteria for each element of an assignment and assign a score.

By placing your grading sheet beside your students’ papers with Expanded Rubic Manager or Expanded Grading Form Manager, you can easily determine whether your students met the criteria for each element of an assignment and assign a score.

If multiple instructors teach a subject, rubrics and grading forms can be exported and shared to ensure consistency in teaching and scoring.

4. Commenting Tools Take Student Writing to the Next Level

With Feedback Studio’s commenting Tools, you can easily engage in meaningful dialogue with your students. You can leave annotations, texts, and bubble comments, or you can use voice comments to record your oral comments.

With QuickMarks (comments you often use when grading) you can offer quick and consistent feedback to students about common issues. You can see how many times you’ve used particular QuickMarks and how your students engaged with the feedback you provided in the Learning Analytics Dashboard

When you find an issue that appears multiple times across the class, you can convert a bubble comment to a QuickMark to save you time and give your students consistent feedback.

In addition to giving your students feedback on problematic text, commenting tools let you give your students resources to consult for further learning. Those resources can be as varied as notes on your class website, style guides, and online grammar books, among others. With your feedback and the hyperlinks at their fingertips, your students can immediately and independently learn what is needed to properly revise their writing. 

As your comments directly pertain to each student’s personal writing, he or she knows correcting them is necessary if they are to advance. Therefore, they are more likely to correct their errors--and apply their new skills in future writing assignments.

"Feedback Studio provides a superior grading experience. Recording voice comments from the Turnitin iPad app is a quick, portable, and convenient method to provide personalized feedback to students. My experience is that students are more likely to listen than to examine a rubric."

- Dallas Hulsey, New Mexico Junior College, USA, Humanities Chair and Professor of English

While giving students feedback, you are also collecting valuable information to inform your teaching. QuickMarks reveals patterns in your class’s knowledge base. By reviewing those patterns, you can discover content or skills your students struggle with and develop, as needed, class lessons and/or individualized learning packets to address those issues.

5. PeerMark

PeerMark™ allows you to create and manage peer-reviewed assignments. You can set the parameters of these assignments, such as whether students will evaluate one or many peer-written papers and whether the assignments are to be anonymous or attributed; and you can create the questions you want your students to consider. To save time in the future, you can save your questions in a library. 

You can also give your students feedback on their reviews with bubble and inline comments.

Just as Turnitin Feedback Studio is a trusted leader in ensuring academic integrity, it also has a proven reputation for improving student learning outcomes by driving formative instruction. For more information on how your institution can make the most of Turnitin Feedback Studio, contact the Turnitin team.