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Computers Now Grading Students` Writing

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I hope they lower the tuition now that the professors don`t have to do any work.
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Hits: 5544 | Favorites: 2 | Emailed: 0 | Rating: 2.4 | Category: News & Politics | Date: 05/10/2005
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Female, 18-29, Western US
 93 Posts
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 2:40:29 PM
It's not like we`re dumb, lol. More likely than not, we`ve taken the class before in some form. And, y`know, we just have a degree in the subject. I`ve never had any complaints about the way I grade essays. I`m pretty fair.

Female, 18-29, Western US
 454 Posts
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 8:34:54 PM
I'm paying 5k a year for grad students to grade my papers.

Female, 18-29, Western US
 93 Posts
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 6:31:02 PM
Professors don't grade the papers anyway, we as grad students have to! But, if they have programs to generate papers, I guess they have them for grading too.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3073 Posts
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 6:12:24 PM
ehh....don't be so quick, there, anglatay... a system very similar to that is mandated by our state (WV) for -not colleges- but the public school system. it rates 11th graders in a mandatory writing evaluation (rated zero through six, six being the best possble score)...surprisingly, out of the approx 200 11th graders of our school, under ten recieved a six, and under 30 recieved a five.

in addition to what was mentioned, the system also looks for repeating words (outside of common articles such as "the" or "of")...so spreading the word "chimpanzee" throughout an essay wouldn`t work....

however, i`m also not in favor of this idea, not because it is less work for falculty, but because it seems too inefficient and error prone.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 30 Posts
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 1:51:54 PM
It's ridiculous. We as students are paying tuition so that teachers and professors can educate us, and give us the benefit of their own years of education by correcting our assignments and tests. If a computer can grade the tests, why can`t a computer teach the class too? The teachers can have plenty of time for "fun stuff" when they`re unemployed. Oh, but it`s only fun if you`re getting paid for it.
Also, if the students are spending days and possibly weeks to write these essays or study for these tests, I think the teachers should *want* to mark them by hand, to see whether or not they`re doing their job of teaching the class properly.
Personally I would take it as a sign of disrespect if a prof of mine took one of my essays that I spent many hours working on, and just fed it into a machine. Our job is attending class, taking notes, and submitting assignments. Your job is teaching class and marking assignments. If we do our job, you should do yours.

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