A Left Turn: Automated Feedback and Activity Generation for Student Writers

Jill Burstein, Beata Beigman Klebanov, Norbert Elliot, Hillary Molloy


Writing is key to educational and workplace success. The majority of computer-based writing support applications target K12 students, and typically offer standard feedback, targeting the U.S.-centric, 5-paragraph, expository essay genre, typically taught to developing writers and used on standardized tests. This writing demo takes a “left turn”: it illustrates how guided activities can be automatically generated, and aligned with natural language processing (NLP)-based feedback. The demo feedback and activities promote increased student engagement, and address critical writing domain knowledge required to produce higher quality postsecondary writing assignments across writing genres and academic disciplines.


DOI: 10.21437/LTLT.2016-2

Cite as

Burstein, J., Beigman Klebanov, B., Elliot, N., Molloy, H. (2016) A Left Turn: Automated Feedback and Activity Generation for Student Writers. Proc. Language Teaching, Learning and Technology, 6-13.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Burstein+2016,
author={Jill Burstein and Beata Beigman Klebanov and Norbert Elliot and Hillary Molloy},
title={A Left Turn: Automated Feedback and Activity Generation for Student Writers},
year=2016,
booktitle={Language Teaching, Learning and Technology},
doi={10.21437/LTLT.2016-2},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/LTLT.2016-2},
pages={6--13}
}