A New Way to Grade

Paula Wasley, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Feb 02, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Chronicle absolutely hates this system in which first-year writing classes are coordinated by computer (it being, I guess, "more personal" to have them taught mostly at random by a series of barely qualified instructors who still never meet you). One can only wonder what the author of this report would make of the system described in Science of computers as writing instructors. The author writes, "As noted above, Reid's thrust is on the "meaning and value" of student writing. However, meaning and value shouldn't be limited to writing to people. It's interesting that just as we don't question architects using computers to aid in creating aesthetically pleasing buildings, neither do we question coaches who have their players practice drills over and over and over to perfect their skills. No one says, These drills don't have meaning."
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