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Automating Reading and Composing: Computerized Essay Grading

Automating Reading and Composing: Computerized Essay Grading

The last weeks that are few seen plenty of conversation over computerized essay-grading. Some people admire its labor-saving possible (because who actually likes grading a pile that is huge of essays?) although the louder audience argues that, on top of other things, some type of computer can’t read. I see this conversation as an element of a wider trend that extends back to the first times of the contemporary computer.

The Current Conversation

An Essay? is a 30-minute Radio Boston episode about computer-graded essays and introduces the major sides of the issue to give an overview, Can a Computer Grade. Specialists Against Machine Scoring of Student Essays in High-Stakes Assessment and Professors Angry over Essays Marked by Computer represent, as their games suggest, the anti-computer grading faction. Through the latter:

The group’s petition against computerized grading says: ‘Let’s face the realities of automated essay scoring. Computer systems cannot ‘read.’ They can not gauge the basics of interaction; precision, thinking, adequacy of evidence, common sense, ethical stance, convincing argument, significant company, clarity and veracity, amongst others.’

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

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

This matter happens to be of specific interest in my experience 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. Machines represented as accepting faculties of individual thought, like computer systems, have a tendency to cause differing types of anxiety over work than humanoid devices, like robots. (more…)