Encouraging Critical Analysis in STEM Classes with Turnitin

Encouraging Critical Analysis in STEM Classes with Turnitin

Diane Marturano

AP Chemistry Teacher Wayne Valley High School

“ I think Turnitin's role in allowing students to define their data and be more critical of their own data allows them—with a partner—to think about what the data is in a collaborative manner and work with just their data. And then when they submit it and they get the feedback, if there was an error, they can actually follow the answer process and then use their own analysis.”

“Chemistry being the first, true lab science most of our students are hit with, it’s a real shock when it comes to a lab requirement.” Marturano meets this challenge by focusing on hands-on assignments to deepen understanding of scientific concepts. She uses drag-and-drop comments in Feedback Studio to quickly and easily provide detailed feedback to students. Specifically in STEM courses, teachers struggle to provide feedback that goes into enough detail to provides clarity and enhances student understanding of complex concepts. Marturano has built a robust library of QuickMarks in Feedback Studio to comment on student writing, logic, and calculations in an impactful way.

In lab work, Marturano finds that it is difficult for students to discern the difference between collaborative work and simply taking someone else's answers, and often sees data being copied from group to group. By using Feedback Studio, Marturano is able to effortlessly ensure that results are unique and actual. “The authenticity of the work increased dramatically” she says. Students are more mindful about collecting data accurately to determine an expected result, which leads to higher comprehension.

Feedback Studio allows Diane Marturano to provide all of her students with depth and consistency in her feedback so that they can more readily grasp scientific concepts and approach the data they track and analyze more critically.