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Formative Writing Assessment: Automated Feedback Using Artificial Intelligence

Within the BMBF-funded junior research group FORMAT, we aim to investigate how the automated evaluation of texts using artificial intelligence can be applied in the classroom to promote students’ learning and performance. Based on the automated assessment, we will provide students with automated feedback on their writing. We will focus on how these technologies can be useful in German and English as a foreign language classrooms.

The project aims to help more students receive feedback on their written performance, to support teachers in assessing complex performances of students in less time, and to explore design principles of adaptive feedback. We will focus on fostering learning outcomes and motivational aspects. Furthermore, we investigate the contextual conditions of feedback effectiveness in order to provide students with different learning prerequisites with the best possible learning opportunities.

To address these research questions, we can capitalize on annotated text corpora from previous projects, including texts from lower secondary and upper secondary school students. Machine learning algorithms will be trained on these text corpora, each containing more than 1000 texts, allowing us to provide automated feedback to the students. The project duration is five years (2021-2026).