Evidence of the Month: May 2015
OpenEssayist is a natural language analytics engine to provide feedback to students when preparing an essay for summative assessment.
The authors report a significant positive correlation between the number of drafts submitted to the system and the grades awarded for the first assignment. They also report that the cohort of students who used the system (N=41) gained significantly higher overall grades than the students in the previous cohort, who had no access to OpenEssayist.
As a system that is content free, OpenEssayist can be used to support students working in any domain that requires the writing of essays.