Giving online feedback to 21st Century Students: Ten Turnitin QuickMarks my students want to see in feedback

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The aim of this presentation is to share the ten QuickMarks my students want me to incorporate when I give personalised feedback using Turnitin. The QuickMarks are “standard editing marks that instructors can utilise when editing and reviewing their peers’ papers” (TurnItIn). As most users of Turnitin aware, these comments are static buttons that can be dragged onto a student’s paper in the document viewer. When the student views his or her paper, rolling over the QuickMark with the mouse pointer reveals a pop-up window with a more detailed comment. Generally, QuickMarks address common issues in student writing such as document formatting and errors in capitalization, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and mechanics. Instructors can customise personalised sets of QuickMarks in TurnItIn. Recent Turnitin research shows that students want to see ‘suggestions for improvement’ in their feedback. Therefore, I asked my students to give me three QuickMarks that they would like to see me incorporate in my feedback. To my surprise, I received lot of texting style, social media influenced, funny QuickMarks. This presentation shares some of them. Examples include: IDKWYATA (I do not know what you are talking about; be clear), Selfie (You must avoid using ‘I’ in business report. Use third person)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSLTCC2016 Conference Abstracts
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 24 Jun 2016
EventSolent Learning and Teaching Community Conference 2016: In pursuit of excellence: developing learning and teaching environments for 21st century students - Solent University, Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jun 201624 Jun 2016


ConferenceSolent Learning and Teaching Community Conference 2016
Abbreviated titleSLTCC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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