Automating Reading and Composing: Computerized Essay Grading

The last couple weeks have actually seen lots of conversation over computerized essay-grading. Many people admire its labor-saving prospective (because who actually likes grading a pile that is huge of essays?) although the louder audience argues that, among other activities, some type of computer can’t read. We see this conversation included in a wider trend that extends back in early times of the contemporary computer.

The Current Conversation

To provide a summary, Can a pc level an Essay? is a 30-minute broadcast Boston episode about computer-graded essays and presents the main edges for the problem. Experts Against Machine Scoring of Student Essays in High-Stakes Assessment and Professors Angry over Essays Marked by Computer represent, as his or her games recommend, the anti-computer grading faction. From the latter:

The group’s petition against computerized grading states: ‘Let’s face the realities of automated essay scoring. Computers cannot ‘read.’ They can not assess the essentials of interaction; precision, thinking, adequacy of evidence, sense, ethical stance, persuading argument, significant organization, quality and veracity, amongst others.’

The following is a write-up through the nyc Times that takes a much various attitude towards computerized grading by handling its labor-saving potential.

These Conversations Aren’t Brand New, But…

John Glenn “piloting” the Mercury capsule. Image thanks to the Ohio State University John Glenn Audio Visual Collection.

This problem is of specific interest if you ask me because of my dissertation research in US studies that I’ve been currently talking about representations of automation into the U.S. within the mid-twentieth century. Continue reading