Open Essayist (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
9 February 2016

Synopsis

Open Essayist, developed by The Open University, UK, seeks to provide automated reflective feedback to learners on draft essays. The underlying idea is to present a computer-based analysis of the most important parts and key words in the writing, so that learners can compare those to what they intended to convey, and adjust their writing in the light of that comparison. Importantly, no summative judgement is made of the essay.

Learners upload their draft essay, and the system then generates a series of different views based on analysis of the text, including: the most prominent words and a graphical view of their distribution through the text; the key sentences in the text, with hints to aid reflection; and a graphical view of the structure of the essay.

The tool is intended as a formative, developmental tool rather than for summative assessment.

Classification

Inventory type:

learner support tool

analytics for assessment

Role of analytics:

summarisation & description

visualisation

Data sources:

uses own data (learner uploads)

Keywords:

assessment, natural language processing, visualisation

Tool in Context

Learning:

higher education

Supply model:

Privately hosted software

Origin:

Open Essayist/SAFeSEA projects: collaborative project

Ethics and privacy:

Feedback is given direct to the individual learner, not shared or distributed to others.

Languages:

English

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

The tool has been trialled successfully with Masters-level students, and the project team is currently looking for wider take-up.

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