Writing Mentor: Self-Regulated Writing Feedback for Struggling Writers

Nitin Madnani, Jill Burstein, Norbert Elliot, Beata Beigman Klebanov, Diane Napolitano, Slava Andreyev, Maxwell Schwartz


Abstract
Writing Mentor is a free Google Docs add-on designed to provide feedback to struggling writers and help them improve their writing in a self-paced and self-regulated fashion. Writing Mentor uses natural language processing (NLP) methods and resources to generate feedback in terms of features that research into post-secondary struggling writers has classified as developmental (Burstein et al., 2016b). These features span many writing sub-constructs (use of sources, claims, and evidence; topic development; coherence; and knowledge of English conventions). Prelimi- nary analysis indicates that users have a largely positive impression of Writing Mentor in terms of usability and potential impact on their writing.
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C18-2025
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Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: System Demonstrations
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August
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2018
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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COLING
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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113–117
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