Robo-readers and writing
Date posted: August 19, 2014
Robo-readers are computers with programs that scan and evaluate student writing. Their use in assigning grades to student work is controversial – praised by some as individualized and efficient, criticized by others as unable to evaluate truth and creativity.
Evidence shows that robo-readers can be effective basic writing tutors, providing non-judgmental feedback on writing drafts and encouraging students to revise their work. Read a review of some recent research on this use by Annie Murphy Paul in Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers – they’re better.