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Turnitin Scoring Engine: A New Approach to Writing Assessment


With greater emphasis being placed on student writing both across the disciplines as well as across secondary and higher education contexts, educators are in even greater need for tools to help them effectively and efficiently score short answer test items or essay assignments.

Turnitin Scoring Engine works by automatically identifying patterns in previously-graded writing assignments to enable scoring of new writing assignments in seconds--facilitating the faster turnaround of assessment scores and data that support broad testing initiatives and help immediately impact instruction.

Join us for an engaging conversation with Elijah Mayfield, VP of New Technologies at Turnitin, where he’ll discuss innovations in automated writing assessment and how changes in technology are helping educators improve writing instruction.


Elijah Mayfield is the VP of New Technologies at Turnitin. He received his master’s degree in language technology from Carnegie Mellon University and was a recipient of a 2011 Siebel Scholarship. Elijah also received a 2013 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship and has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. His work has been featured by NPR, Education Week and EdSurge, among many others, and his research on LightSide for automated assessment was highlighted as an Editor’s Choice in Science.

Jason Chu is Education Director for Turnitin. His focus is on working to build resources for educators, and his personal passion is to find better ways to enhance student achievement.

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