Automation in written feedback:  teachers vs. facilitators – Why schools, managers, teachers and students LOVE it! 

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Date: 11th May 2018

Time: 13:55 – 14:25

Room: South Wharf

Presented By: George Lipinski and Ali shahsavand

Students usually face difficulties accessing opportunities to improve their writing skills, both inside and outside of class. Out-of-class learning and teaching can be both challenging and problematic for international students and language teachers respectively. What can be done to make our students and teachers’ experiences highly rewarding – especially when considering writing? Some of our international students will join us during the presentation to better demonstrate how we are empowering everyone in the ESL industry.

Today organizations such as Pearson are making extensive use of automated scoring in both speaking and writing in high-stakes tests such as the PTE Academic. The session will look into ways in which schools and teachers could also benefit from such technologies in providing learners feedback in writing.

We will share latest tools we have been using to better assist learners in their writing journey. We are true believers in learner autonomy and have been working towards making learners more autonomous, in the last 15 months.

We will also visualize an ESL world, where automated scoring engines provide instant feedback to students on their writing performance. Where teachers, whom we rather refer to as facilitators, will be in charge of reviewing the automated feedback and returning it to learners. This would mean that teachers and educators would spend their time on what matters most, and leave the mundane work to the machines.