Grammarly: An Instructional Intervention for Writing Enhancement in Management Education

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FBE-WCLA@unimelb.edu.au

Brown Bag Research Series

Abstract

In this session, we present the findings from our study that examined the usefulness of Grammarly – a digital writing assistance tool – for supporting management educators and students. Using a sample of one hundred 2000-word group reports from a masters business analysis subject, we examine feedback from Grammarly to determine its usefulness as an instructional tool to improve students' written work. Grammarly, a digital writing assistance tool, detects twelve types of writing issues under the four categories of correctness, clarity, engagement and delivery. Results demonstrate that Grammarly's breadth and depth of feedback can be used for more than an error detection tool. We present detailed findings and some of the implications for higher education and offer some suggestions to incorporate Grammarly as an instructional tool to enhance FBE students’ writing skills.

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Dr Valerie Cotronei-Baird, Learning and Teaching Specialist, WCLA. Valerie is a leader in the provision of learning and teaching advice. In her role she is primarily involved in working with academic teaching staff in the skill acquisition required to innovate teaching and assessment practices. Valerie’s research includes: the integration of employability skills in the business curriculum, the professional development of academic teaching staff, assessment and assessment criteria and feedback, engaging students in the classroom, collaborative learning and team-based assignments and online delivery.

Dr Angelito Calma is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the Williams Centre for Learning Advancement. He designs and delivers various professional development programs to support business academics at various stages of their career. He is also responsible for managing the Faculty’s quality assurance initiatives in relation to AACSB accreditation (eg. assurance of learning). An experienced teaching and research academic, Angelito has more than 20 years of experience teaching management subjects, particularly business analysis, decision science and quantitative methods in business. His research interests overlap education and business. He has published in both higher education and business and management journals.