Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Academic Integrity | Higher Education | North America

Karen Cukrowski & Steve Hare

Karen Cukrowski & Steve Hare

Instructors of General Education (Core): Abilene Christian University, Texas

“it’s not just about the writing; it’s about the people.”

Karen Cukrowski and Steve Hare teach a course at Abilene Christian University which aims to explore the relationship between community and identity from multiple perspectives. The course is writing-intensive, and they take a unique approach to their writing instruction, providing copious amounts of feedback at each stage of the process and using Turnitin Feedback Studio as a formative support.

First, students will write and submit their rough drafts through Feedback Studio. Three class peers will review these drafts, evaluating against a set of questions similar to a rubric. All students are required to participate as peer reviewers, as it has an impact on their course grade. While reviewing, students certainly mark the papers. However, they are also required to fully respond to the set of questions about the papers they are critiquing, which demand that they write even more. The peer review is not anonymous, and the professors encourage their students to get up and ask each other questions about the papers they are reading. This contributes to the sense of community that is the very focus of the course. In fact, they have seen this process lead to deeper connections between their students. In Karen’s words:

“it’s not just about the writing; it’s about the people.”

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