EPortfolios and Digital Learning: The Future of Corpus Studies in the Domain of Writing Analytics
The University of South Florida, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and SRI International, has developed My Reviewers, a peer-review, ePortfolio tool. Presently, thanks to NSF funding, MIT, Dartmouth, NCSU, Penn, and USF are using the tool to research the efficacy of peer-review, ePortfolio practices in STEM courses. Thousands of students have used the tool to upload papers, receive feedback from instructors and peers, track their progress, reflect on their learning, and evaluate peers’ reviews. Consequently, the My Reviewers corpus now includes approximately 500,000 marked-up student essays along with hundreds of thousands of corresponding instructor and student critiques and rubric scores. This presentation will report on the interdisciplinary research conducted by specialists in writing studies and corpus linguistics, who are investigating the effects of feedback, collaboration, self-efficacy, self-regulation, and reflection on writing development.
Joe Moxley, Director of First Year Composition, University of South Florida; Valerie Ross, Director of Critical Writing Program, University of Pennsylvania; Kireet Agrawal, Undergraduate Student in Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley; Andrew Krumm, Senior Educational Researcher, and Erica Snow, Learning Analytics Lead Scientist—both of SRI International
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