30-minute Webcast

The Role of Automated Feedback in the Classroom

A Student Success Week 2014 Session

On the topic of automated essay scoring, Elijah Mayfield writes in a recent EdSurge piece, "Automated essay scoring is one of the most controversial applications of 'big data' in edtech research. Writing is a deeply creative, emotive and personal endeavor. The idea that an objective, calculated algorithm is able to “grade” a student’s composition understandably makes people nervous."

Join us for special interview with Elijah Mayfield as he discusses advances in the field of automated essay feedback and the work of LightSide Labs, which has developed an approach for helping to facilitate the timing and efficacy of teacher-guided feedback by placing automated scoring in students' hands.


Elijah Mayfield is the founder and CEO of LightSide. 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. He will be moderating this webinar.

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