Gerry Canavan

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‘People Need to Get Past Thinking That Grading Must Be Done by The People Who Are Teaching’

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In the rush to perfect robo-grading, have we overlooked a more elegant solution?

The graders working for EduMetry, based in a Virginia suburb of Washington, are concentrated in India, Singapore, and Malaysia, along with some in the United States and elsewhere. They do their work online and communicate with professors via e-mail. The company advertises that its graders hold advanced degrees and can quickly turn around assignments with sophisticated commentary, because they are not juggling their own course work, too.

The company argues that professors freed from grading papers can spend more time teaching and doing research.

Written by gerrycanavan

May 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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  1. For me, that’s getting pretty close to students using a paper mill rather than doing their own writing. When I was a student it would have seemed weird to be not to be graded by either the professor or TA.

    Annemarie Perez

    May 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    • It’s totally incomprehensible to me as well. As I was saying on Twitter a little bit ago, I’d abolish grades entirely much, much faster than I’d get rid of giving feedback. The only idea worse than having random people with no connection to the class grade the papers would be having computers do it.

      gerrycanavan

      May 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm


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