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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Computers Grading Student Exam

Dream no more, apparently someone has developed a computer program that can actually grade student essay exams!!  Ok, I admit this sounds too good to be true -- but at the same time as I look over my many student exams, there is something rather attractive about it as well.   From the article,

Student essays always seem to be riddled with the same sorts of flaws. So sociology professor Ed Brent decided to hand the work off - to a computer.

Students in Brent's Introduction to Sociology course at the University of Missouri-Columbia now submit drafts through the SAGrader software he designed. It counts the number of points he wanted his students to include and analyzes how well concepts are explained.

And within seconds, students have a score.

It used to be the students who looked for shortcuts, shopping for papers online or pilfering parts of an assignment with a simple Google search. Now, teachers and professors are realizing that they, too, can tap technology for a facet of academia long reserved for a teacher alone with a red pen.

Of course, there are those who are a bit skeptical of this new techology.  See Majikthise for more on this new grading program. [bm]

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