Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Academic Integrity | Higher Education | UK

Phil Rothwell

Phil Rothwell

Learning Technology Developer: Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool

“By encouraging teaching staff to engage positively with technology in a digitally literate environment, that really gives students a great opportunity to engage with e-learning concepts in a positive way.”

Academia is changing, and rightfully so, according to Phil, whose role it is to help the University leverage technology tools to improve teaching and learning for its 18,000 undergraduate students.

Nominated by a fellow colleague at the University, Phil has worked closely with staff members through training and one-on-one sessions to help them use Turnitin effectively.

 “By encouraging teaching staff to engage positively with technology in a digitally literate environment, that really gives students a great opportunity to engage with  e-learning concepts in a positive way.”

The University uses Turnitin to support teaching students how to think critically, improve writing, and evaluate their own and each other’s work. These are cross-disciplinary that Phil says are integral to effective communication. Originality is important when assessing written work, he says, because: “Feedback is useless unless there’s certainty regarding whose work is being assessed.”

By making good use of all the features, including the originality checker and voice comments, they’ve been able to reduce the time it takes to mark work and provide better guidance on how to improve quality. He’s also helped staff design and deploy a standardized rubric to use with Turnitin, which has made feedback even more transparent and effective.

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