Alise Lamoreaux is an instructor at Lane Community College working on her second grant-funded open textbook: Writing Instruction Tips For Automated Essay Graders: How To Design an Essay for a Non-human Reader. Her first book, A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning To College For Non-traditional Students, was remixed into Dave Dillon’s award-winning Blueprint for Success in College and Career.
Robo-graders are looking for “good” and “bad” writing as defined by software vendors’ algorithms, which are developed through selected writing samples, and whose criteria is hidden deep within their intellectual property rights. Rather than make the software recognize good writing, they will redefine good writing according to what software can recognize. Considering the resources being put into perfecting robo-grading, it’s likely that we will see rapid expansion of the use of artificial intelligence as an evaluation tool. Understanding the different expectations of artificial intelligence grading can be important to overall student success and placement into college courses.