Six Ways the edX Announcement Gets Automated Essay Grading Wrong

Elijah Mayfield, Apr 10, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I quite enjoyed this critique of the edX announcement on automated grading, not so much for the critique (though those are always fun) but because of the way the article advanced my understanding of automated essay grading. This article is definitely worth your while if you have any interest at all in the subject (and even for many readers who don't). 'Every time I talk to a curious fan of automated scoring, I’m asked, “What are the features of good writing? What evidence ought to be used?' This question flows naturally, but the easy answers are thoughtless ones. The question is built on a bad premise." Oh, and this totally is not a list article, despite the title. Yes, there are six points, but there is a logical progression that leads you nicely to the conclusion.

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