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Internal Usability Testing of Automated Essay Feedback in an Intelligent Writing Tutor
Rod Roscoe, Laura Varner, Zhiqiang Cai, Jennifer Weston, Scott Crossley, Danielle McNamara

Last modified: 2011-03-21


Research on automated essay scoring (AES) indicates that computer-generated essay ratings are comparable to human ratings. However, despite investigations into the accuracy and reliability of AES scores, less attention has been paid to the feedback delivered to the students. This paper presents a method developers can use to quickly evaluate the usability of an automated feedback system prior to testing with students. Using this method, researchers evaluated the feedback provided by the Writing-Pal, an intelligent tutor for writing strategies. Lessons learned and potential for future research are discussed.

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