Case study: Turnitin

Developing academic writing skills through timely and concise feedback

Author: Eve Potts – Lecturer in Mental Health, School of Nursing


NU2225 Mental Health Law and Policy is a second year module studies by Pre-Registration student Mental Health Nurses. The module  is assessed through a 3000 word written essay, this is the first piece of written work which the students complete at level 5; it is therefore essential that the students receive excellent and concise feedback as they develop their academic writing skills.


The module  has adopted the use of Grademark, rubrics  and audio feedback in the 2014/15 academic session to provide student’s feedback on their essays. The module team were happy with the ease of use of these tools and actually found marking took slightly less time that using a separate feedback sheet. As this was the first time this method of feedback was being used I consulted with my external examiner who offered the following feedback:

“I really liked the use of  verbal feedback to enhance the written feedback. The use of the verbal feedback meant that the markers could build on and enhance their written feedback. If students make use of the feedback it could really make a difference to the quality and depth of work of the weaker students”  S. Griffith, University of Bedfordshire, External Examiner NU2225.

The use of audio feedback, grademark and rubrics will continue into next year. I have also piloted the use of lecture capture using adobe connect with the March 14 Intake with a view to rolling this out fully in 2015/16.

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