2013 April 07 Sunday
Automated Essay Grading To Cut Demand For Professors

John Markoff has a piece in the New York Times about software that grades papers: Essay-Grading Software Offers Professors a Break. Click thru and read the details.

This software will only make jobs of professors easier during a transition period until fewer people are professors. The long term effect essay grading software and other automated test software will be to cut the demand for assistant, associate, and full professors. The academic job prospects for Ph.D.s are already very bleak. And get college students are deluded about their prospects. People need to get real about academia: creative destruction is building and will do to academia what it has done to countless other industries. Online education is booming and will continue its rapid growth.

Aim to get trained in an occupation that pays well and that will last thru the next wave of automation. engineering and software development are way better than science and the humanities. Get out of a declining industry if you are in one.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 April 07 10:14 PM 

Engineer-Poet said at April 8, 2013 3:30 AM:

MOOCs with "academic automation" offer new avenues for cheating.  If papers are entered on-line and graded automatically and the grading software is available (or can be stolen), all it takes is a genetic algorithm to write a paper that gets a good grade.  Random phrase variations mean no two papers would be alike, making sites like turnitin far less useful for detecting work that is not the student's own.

Preston said at April 11, 2013 10:07 PM:

I wouldn't completely give up on the humanities, since it's the one thing computers can't understand.

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