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ID : 380
Original submission :
Title : Grading writing automatically: Can it be done?
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract : This presentation will consider to what extent student written work can be graded automatically online. In extensive writing, students are encouraged to write a lot, so that quantity and fluency are emphasized over accuracy.  Activities such as journal writing and timed writing are popular activities that encourage this writing style. However, checking and grading such work has hitherto placed a great burden on the teacher because it has to be checked manually. As use of online learning management systems, such as Moodle, has spread, it has become possible for students to submit written work online,  and this opens up the intriguing possibility of grading the written work automatically. The presenter will introduce an Extensive Reading and Writing course in which a recently developed plugin for  Moodle was used to award a provisional grade based on the number of words, and the presence of target phrases. Additionally, the tool searches for common errors that have been specified by the teacher and deducts points if any are found.
Keywords : Moodle, essay, writing
Conference theme : E-learning, collaborative learning and blended learning
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Main presenter : Prof. Gordon Bateson
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Affiliation : Kochi University of Technology (Kochi, Japan)
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Biography : Gordon BATESON is a English teacher and CALL researcher in Japan. He has a university degrees in Computer Science (B.Sc.) and Teaching English for Specific Purposes (M.Sc.). He has developed many plugins for Moodle, and uses them for the benefit of his students.
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Date added : Friday, 15 March 2019, 5:02 PM [JST]
Date modified : Monday, 18 March 2019, 10:32 PM [JST]
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Peer review :
Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 217-P
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 10: 55 - 11: 20
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : B103
Schedule room seats : 30 seats
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