Automated essay scoring is one of the most controversial applications of “big data” in edtech research. Writing is a deeply creative, emotive and personal endeavor. The idea that an objective, calculated algorithm is able to “grade” a student’s composition understandably makes people nervous.
Here’s a creative use of technology. Let the automated scoring software provide feedback for the drafts that students write, but have the students submit their final version to their teachers. A true win-win.