In the past, algorithms have been the domain of mathematicians. But step by step they conquer other areas ranging from matching couples on dating websites to allowing teachers to grade papers automatically beyond grammar checks. Recent studies now claim that software programs like E-Rater are even more efficient and more accurate than a human grader could ever be.
In a blog post, experts from the Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning discuss what the merits of automated grading are and how this reflects on what students are truly tested on: "Does being able to write a robograde-able essay serve as an appropriate proxy for any skill that we do want to test for? What are we testing for, again?"
Would you like to learn more about how new ways of teaching can foster excellence? Roosevelt Academy is organizing a summer workshop on teaching excellence together with Harvard University's Derek Bok Center. Sign up here till the 8th of May!