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Turnitin Unveils Writing Revision Tool

Turnitin has debuted Revision Assistant, a new tool designed to give students immediate and actionable feedback on their writing.

Designed for students in grades 6-12 and college students in need of developmental writing work, Revision Assistant offers "multifaceted and unique" feedback, according to information released by Turnitin.

"As students write with Revision Assistant, they can request a 'Signal Check' which provides a student-friendly visualization of how they are performing on writing traits such as focus, use of evidence or organization, among many others," according to a news release. "Actionable comments appear in the margins of students' compositions and are tied to sentences highlighted in the text. This feedback emphasizes areas of strength, as well as suggestions for sentence-level improvements. The combination of positive and constructive comments encourages students to continue revising, and in the process, their writing improves. Students can revise and get feedback as many times as they would like before sharing their work with their teacher."

"With Revision Assistant students get the immediate feedback they need to improve their writing," said Susan Van Doren, an English teacher from George Whittell High School in Zephyr Cove, NV, in a prepared statement. "They write more and they revise more. Having that instant feedback of the signal bars challenges them to improve. With Revision Assistant, students submitted the best essays I got out of that class all year."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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