Writing Analytics for Epistemic Features of Student Writing

Simon Knight, Laura Allen, Karen Littleton, Bart Rienties, Dirk Tempelaar

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Literacy, encompassing the ability to produce written outputs from the reading of multiple sources, is a key learning goal. Selecting information, and evaluating and integrating claims from potentially competing documents is a complex literacy task. Prior research exploring differing behaviours and their association to constructs such as epistemic cognition has used ‘multiple document processing’ (MDP) tasks. Using this model, 270 paired participants, wrote a review of a document. Reports were assessed using a rubric associated
with features of complex literacy behaviours. This paper focuses on the conceptual and empirical associations between those rubric-marks and textual features of the reports on a set of natural language processing (NLP) indicators. Findings indicate the potential of NLP indicators for providing feedback regarding the writing of such outputs, demonstrating clear relationships both across rubric facets and between rubric facets and specific NLP indicators.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners: Conference Proceedings Volume 1
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph Polman, Ulrike Cress, Peter Reimann
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780990355090
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - , Singapore
Duration: 20 Jun 201624 Jun 2016


Conference12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Abbreviated titleICLS 2016

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