Automated marking may be the future

It is an idea any overworked teacher would welcome – computers that automatically mark piles of exams and homework. Tens of thousands of students around the US are already being evaluated by such systems.

Students using e-rater wrote almost three times as many words as their peers who did not use it, and also showed a substantial improvement in performance. Interestingly, the use of automated marking resulted in students performing 12.5 per cent higher on end of term multiple-choice-papers than in previous years.

Students may be more receptive to critical feedback from software as it can seem less punitive. Students also enjoy the ‘gamification’ side of e-rater, treating the system as a game in which doing well means redrafting work to get a higher score. I say, bring it on! Learn more here.

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