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Friday, December 6 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Promoting a Higher-Level Learning Experience: Investigating the Capabilities, Pedagogical Role, and Validity of Automated Essay Scoring in MOOCs (30m)

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The use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to expand students’ access to higher-education has raised questions regarding the extent to which the course model can provide and assess authentic, higher-level student learning. In response to this need, many MOOC platforms have begun utilizing automated essay scoring (AES) systems that allow students to engage in critical writing and open-response activities. However, a limitation to these systems has been the lack of research investigating their validity, whether these assignments differentially benefit certain students, and best practices for utilizing this pedagogical approach. The research will examine these substantial issues through a three-phase investigation of the edX AES system and its adoption by faculty. These studies will test the effectiveness of the assessment method and examine student and instructor perceptions of this tool used in University of Texas at Austin edX courses (UTAustinX)

Friday December 6, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room 11

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