Global Innovator Award Winner

Marjo de Graauw

Marjo de Graauw

Adviser Educational Innovation and Academic Teacher at Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences: Leiden University, Netherlands

“We didn’t have any communication about student progress between different teachers and now it’s easy. You can easily provide the grades and say, ‘Can you train on this topic?’”

Last year, Marjo was one of ten teachers at the university selected to collectively promote new innovative methods of teaching throughout the institution:

“It’s a great job...you promote all different things that you try in your own classes. Then, you translate that to different faculties - teaching teachers.”

One of these methods was Marjo’s particular usage of Turnitin. While the university initially started using the tool two years ago for text-matching, Marjo has advocated its use as a diagnostic tool, using the online grading and peer review features quite heavily. She has been instrumental in encouraging other teachers to use these features in order to create insight into the students’ progress through each of their Bachelor years. This way, the next term's teacher can see where problems may lie, and what can be addressed differently for each student:

“We didn’t have any communication about student progress between different teachers and now it’s easy. You can easily provide the grades and say, ‘Can you train on this topic?’”

Marjo finds her students appreciate this feedback and through use of the same rubric they are able to track their development year on year.



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