Chapter 14: Automated Writing Instruction: Computer-Assisted or Computer-Driven Pedagogies? Beth Ann Rothermel

12 Nov
  • Rank: 4/10

    • Rothermel does not flatly oppose AES and seems to go more in the direction we discussed in class by discussing the ways in which this method does/doesn’t factor into writing pedagogy, and it is shown as taking agency away from instructors to use MY Access! as a component of courses.

  • Argument

    • Incorporating AES into the classroom removes agency from instructors in terms of lesson prompts and assessment of student writing. Obviously, this is presented in a negative light, since instructors must teach to the kinds of assessment the machines are capable of. In short, this article argues that integrating AES on a classroom level takes away the ability to plan courses and lesson plans, making teaching less engaging for instructors.

  • Assumptions

    • Assumes instructors have the power to shape their own courses by default.

    • Assumes that the designs of instructors are necessarily strong.

    • Assumes that instructor designs will match larger programmatic goals.

    • Assumes that local design and assessment (at a classroom level) is more important that external (programmatic or otherwise).

    • Certainly more, but these immediately stuck out to me.

  • Points of Interest: what are 3-4 pieces of information you found interesting regarding AES?

    • The chapter’s conclusion produces a list of future questions and concerns for AES that go beyond “kill it with fire,” so you might like this chapter if you’re interested in considering some points that get beyond that mindset (210).

    • The chapter focuses on the classroom experience of AES, which doesn’t get a lot of the discussion thrown its way, so you may also be interested if you want to see AES from another perspective (its effect on teaching).

    • This article also considers the marketing used by the company selling MY Access! and how it attempts in different informational packets to appeal to teachers and administrators, so if you’re interested in seeing how these companies attempt to target both sides of this discussion, you may want to check out this article.
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