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Can Robots Do It Better?

Maybe you’ve seen the new generation of automated essay grading software, as discussed in The New York Times.

These computerized essay scoring programs are plagued with problems, but I am intrigued by the idea of using grading software as a peer-editing option. Perhaps the computer’s algorithms could help identify glaring weak spots in an essay, giving the student a chance to revise (or to decide the computer is completely wrong) before final draft submission.

Could a robot provide more valuable feedback to students than I do? No way. Could a robot be a helpful peer editor? Maybe. Since I plan on teaching for another 20 years or so, I guess I’ll be around to see these questions get answered.

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