New Methods to Grade Student Essay and Short-Answer Responses

Tuesday, November 05 | 2:50PM–3:15PM
Session Type: Professional Development

NOTE: The times listed are in EASTERN TIME.

In recent years, a variety of techniques have cropped up to score student essay and short-answer responses. One promising new technique is machine learning (ML) scoring, where a computer algorithm scores a student essay automatically. Other techniques include peer scoring and self-assessment. Recent work by the Hewlett Foundation, edX, and others has made it possible to use ML scoring in innovative ways. In this session, we will talk about what ML scoring is, where it works and where it doesn't, how it integrates with peer scoring and instructor grading, and where it will go in the future.

Learning Objectives: Understand how ML scoring works and how to apply it in the classroom | Learn about alternatives to ML scoring, like peer assessment | Learn about when ML scoring works, how to best apply it, and in what scenarios it makes sense


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