Will computers grade exams in the future?

The article Essay-Grading Software Offers Professors a Break in the NYT seems to suggest it.

EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web.

According to the NYT they have developed a software using Artificial Intelligence providing a grade instantly after uploading an exam.

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One thought on “Will computers grade exams in the future?

  1. In so far as a computer is trained to detect specific content that elicits higher marks, I could easily imagine that higher grades would be given for similarity of thought, whereas originality of thought would be penalized.

    I wonder how useful a computer’s feedback could be when it came to analytical skills, critical thinking and creativity.

    The art of composing an essay is normally also taken into consideration when marking (a proper introduction, the building of an argument and a summarizing of your conclusions). Would a computer be able to detect a badly organized essay with scattered thoughts?

    Guess I agree with the “Professionals Against Machine Scoring…” on this one. 🙂

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