Author Archives: Elijah Mayfield

About Elijah Mayfield

Founder of LightSIDE Labs, a small company in Pittsburgh focusing on machine learning for automated writing assessment in education. Also a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon's Language Technologies Institute, though that role is, by necessity, on hold for awhile.

Getting students useful feedback from machine learning

Last month, I wrote this narrow defense of automated essay grading, hoping to clear the air on a new and controversial technology. In that post’s prolific comments section, Laura Gibbs made a comment echoing what I’ve heard from every teacher I speak to. … Continue reading

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Six Ways the edX Announcement Gets Automated Essay Grading Wrong

Last week, edX made a splashy spectacle of an announcement about automated essay grading, leaving educators fuming. Let’s rethink their claims.  “Give Professors a break,” the New York Times suggested in this joint press release from edX, Harvard, and MIT. … Continue reading

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