Sunday, July 1, 2012
Writing Evualators - Old Notes
There is a set of automated checkers which are a standard tool on most word processors, even on phones.
They are useful tools that could/should be made available in courses for people to learn how to use them. They also provide a huge time savings for teachers to give good (but not necessarily perfect) feedback to students on their writing.
This is very relevant to T4W and VSC. There are three overlapping types:
- simple spelling checkers. Checks if the word is in the Dictionary.
- grammar checkers. What this checks is an open question in my mind. Word certainly checks if there is a noun and a verb, if they agree, and if a word is repeated. What else?
- automated writing evaluators. Used to grade many standardized tests. Doesn’t statistically do worse than human testers.
Papers on the topic:
com/hai/images/tmrs/ PearsonsAutomatedScoringofWrit ingSpeakingandMathematics. pdfAEAWE
Grammar Checkers ( There are probably more!):
- WPP from ERB https://www.wpponline.com/
- Vantage MyAccess http://www.myaccess.com/
- Criterion from ETA http://www.ets.org/criterion
- Writing Roadmap from McGrawHill http://www.ctb.com/ctb.com/
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