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Building Students' Academic Writing Skills with NLP-Based Technology Support

Research profile seminar

Jill Burstein, forskningschef med inriktning mot språkvetenskaplig databehandling (Natural Language Processing, NLP) vid Princeton, New Jersey, håller ett seminarium om hur man kan förbättra studenters skrivförmåga genom att använda språkteknologiska hjälpmedel.

Abstract
Writing is a challenge, especially for at-risk students who may lack the prerequisite writing skills required to persist in U.S. 4-year postsecondary (college) institutions. U.S K-12 research examines writing achievement and the specific skills and knowledge in the writing domain. Automated writing evaluation (AWE) systems typically support the measurement of pertinent writing skills for automated scoring of large-volume, high-stakes assessments and online instruction. AWE has been used primarily for on-demand essay writing on standardized assessments. However, the real-time, dynamic nature of NLP-based AWE affords the ability to generate feedback across a range of writing genres in postsecondary education, such as, on-demand essay writing tasks, argumentative essays from the social sciences, and lab reports in STEM courses. AWE analyses can be used to generate feedback that can provide students with meaningful information to support their writing, and educational analytics that can be informative for various stakeholders, including students, instructors, parents, administrators and policy-makers.

This talk will focus on a general discussion of AWE, how it can be used for building writing instruction tools, and an exploratory research study that uses AWE to examine relationships between features in postsecondary student writing and broader success predictors. The Writing Mentor Google Docs add-on will be discussed and demonstrated.

About Jill Burstein

Lecturer: Jill Burstein, Director of Research for the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Group in the Research Division at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey

Date: 11/5/2018

Time: 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Language, Humanities

Organizer: Institutionen för svenska språket

Location: Lennart Torstenssonsgatan, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 6-8
L308

Contact person: Stina Ericsson

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