Educational Technology

April 29, 2013

A.I. software automates grading

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By David Hernandez, Daily Aztec

EdX, a nonprofit venture established by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently unveiled software that uses artificial intelligence to grade written assignments and tests, according to The New York Times. After an instructor grades 100 essays or essay questions, the system uses machine-learning techniques to base its grading on the professor’s evaluations. San Diego State English and comparative literature professor Joanna Brooks is opposed to the idea. “We want students to create original, creative essays,” Brooks said. “A robot-grading machine can’t encourage students to become innovative.” But electrical engineer and president of EdX Anant Agarwal is convinced the software is an advantageous device because, instead of waiting for grades, it allows students to take tests and write essays repeatedly, improving the quality of their answers.

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