On The Possible Advantages Of Robot Graders

I think this is an interesting concept but do robots really need to take over EVERY job on the market? Not to mention what does it say about our society that people respond better to a machine than to another human being?
I understand the appeal of making the writing process more “game-like” but isn’t learning to take criticism from others an essential part of becoming a better person and more productive contributor to society?

Samir Chopra

Some very interesting news from the trenches about robot graders, which notes the ‘strong case against using robo-graders for assigning grades and test scores’ and then goes on to note:

But there’s another use for robo-graders — a role for them to play in which…they may not only be as good as humans, but better. In this role, the computer functions not as a grader but as a proofreader and basic writing tutor, providing feedback on drafts, which students then use to revise their papers before handing them in to a human.

Instructors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have been using a program called E-Rater…and they’ve observed a striking change in student behavior…Andrew Klobucar, associate professor of humanities at NJIT, notes that students almost universally resist going back over material they’ve written. But [Klobucar’s] students are willing to revise their essays, even multiple times, when their work…

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