Global Innovation Awards 2016: Winner
Category: Student Engagement | Latin America
Elisa Montoya CantoralCommunications Area Coordinator: TECSUP, Peru
“Students started, in a certain way, modifying the text. And they started developing the written production competency. And little by little, they started to do it with more coherence, with more cohesion, and with more logic. That’s the start of developing two important competencies: written production and reading comprehension.”
As Communications Area Coordinator of TECSUP, Elisa implemented Turnitin to improve the efficiency of communication competencies in her students. The Peruvian institution focuses on developing “soft competencies” in students, such as teamwork, efficient communication, decision-making processes, and leadership. Elisa took the reigns of efficient communication, particularly after identifying a gap in the institution’s program: students were taught writing skills in the first year of the three-year program, but afterwards there was very little emphasis on supporting and developing these skills. In order to address this, feedback from instructors, supported by the results from Turnitin, was used to create a learning opportunity that helped students and teachers focus on developing academic integrity beyond the first year and throughout their time at the institution.