Writing Skills


University of Michigan Uses Machine Learning to Improve Student Writing

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Campus Technology reports that a team of educators developed a writing-to-learn tool called M-Write, which uses automated text analysis (ATA) to identify the strengths of a writing submission. A report from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research explores how the University of Central Florida piloted adaptive learning in large, introductory courses like General Psychology. General Psychology is a general education course with many sections that can often be taught by adjuncts. "As with any new tool, adaptive learning provides a new set of capabilities and insights -- and a lot of very useful data -- that can be used to explore ways to increase students learning and success," ECAR reports.


This Former Teacher is Using Artificial Intelligence to Hack Education

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Matthew Ramirez was teaching writing classes to students at the University of California at Berkeley when he started to get frustrated. Mixing his experience as a teacher with some advanced learning technology, he and his business partner started WriteLab – a Berkeley, California-based software company that helps students strengthen their writing skills by providing quick, customized feedback. WriteLab can even adapt its feedback over time to students' individual writing styles. "Focus on problems that eliminate waste – wasted time, wasted energy, or wasted space," Ramirez advises.


This Former Teacher is Using Artificial Intelligence to Hack Education

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Matthew Ramirez was teaching writing classes to students at the University of California at Berkeley when he started to get frustrated. Mixing his experience as a teacher with some advanced learning technology, he and his business partner started WriteLab – a Berkeley, California-based software company that helps students strengthen their writing skills by providing quick, customized feedback. WriteLab can even adapt its feedback over time to students' individual writing styles. "Focus on problems that eliminate waste – wasted time, wasted energy, or wasted space," Ramirez advises.


Ex-Google Guy Builds English Teaching App That Adapts to Student

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To differentiate itself from products started by Internet giants like Baidu and Tencent, LiuLiShuo brings gaming and social media features to the genre. In recent years, China's internet giants -- Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent -- as well as the country's largest online media and gaming companies have invested in the online language learning market. Wang says more than 30 million users spend an average of 30 minutes a day on the free version; only tens of thousands are spending an average of 45 minutes a day on the paid version, but the company says paying customers are more than doubling every quarter.



What Happens When AI Can Write Better Than We Can? (EdSurge News)

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Last month, AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence program created by Google, beat the world-champion Lee Sodel in Go, a game that is so complex that there are more choices available in a single game than there are atoms in the entire universe. Likewise, if we automatically fix student writing, students will no longer have to think about their work, limiting the development of their writing skills. According a 2011 Department of Education study, 76 percent of eighth grade students are not proficient writers, and these students struggle to articulate complicated thoughts in writing. I'll post all of the stories to the public blog whatisthinking.com By articulating what thinking is, we enable students to read deeply and think critically about the world around them.


An AI Framework to Teach English as a Foreign Language: CSIEC

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CSIEC (Computer Simulation in Educational Communication), is not only an intelligent web-based human-computer dialogue system with natural language for English instruction, but also a learning assessment system for learners and teachers. Its multiple functions--including grammar-based gap filling exercises, scenario show, free chatting and chatting on a given topic--can satisfy the various requirements for students with different backgrounds and learning abilities. We will summarize the free Internet usage within a six month period and its integration into English classes in universities and middle schools. The evaluation findings about the class integration show that the chatting function has been improved and frequently utilized by the users, and the application of the CSIEC system on English instruction can motivate the learners to practice English and enhance their learning process.


Automated Essay Evaluation: The Criterion Online Writing Service

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In this article, we describe a deployed educational technology application: the Criterion Online Essay Evaluation Service, a web-based system that provides automated scoring and evaluation of student essays. Criterion has two complementary applications: (1) CritiqueWriting Analysis Tools, a suite of programs that detect errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics, that identify discourse elements in the essay, and that recognize potentially undesirable elements of style, and (2) e-rater version 2.0, an automated essay scoring system. Critique and e-rater provide students with feedback that is specific to their writing in order to help them improve their writing skills and is intended to be used under the instruction of a classroom teacher. All of these capabilities outperform baseline algorithms, and some of the tools agree with human judges in their evaluations as often as two judges agree with each other.