Using Grammarly to Improve Student Writing

Photo: Steven CainSteven Cain,, is an instructional designer in the College of Business Administration and has been part of a large-enrollment course design project focused on business writing. 

How to get Grammarly

The full version of Grammarly is currently restricted to the College of Business only. Please see the sign-up FAQ in Canvas. Note you will need an access code from your instructor to activate it.

Grammarly is a super-powered grammar-checking software.

The free version of the software will check for 150 common grammar and spelling errors. The software functions in its online interface, or through web browser plug-ins (Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are supported), or add-ons to Microsoft Office. On top of this, the premium version of the software includes suggestions to enhance vocabulary, checks for an additional 100 grammatical errors, and the ability to make style suggestions based on the type of document.

Along with making suggestions for errors, Grammarly provides users with a card of information telling them more about the error. This means that, ideally, students are taking time to process the errors from Grammarly and learning from those errors to improve their future writing.

Grammarly can help get past many surface-level challenges and elevate student writing beyond the basic errors of its/it’s and there/their/they’re.

To see how Grammarly works in different contexts, watch the short video below.

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