What is my essay really saying? Using extractive summarization to motivate reflection and redrafting

Van Labeke, N.; Whitelock, D; Field, D.; Pulman, S. and Richardson, J. T. E. (2013). What is my essay really saying? Using extractive summarization to motivate reflection and redrafting. In: Proceedings of the AIED Workshop on Formative Feedback in Interactive Learning Environments, CEUR-WS, 1009.

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Abstract

This paper reports on progress on the design of OpenEssayist, a web application that aims at supporting students in writing essays. The system uses techniques from Natural Language Processing to automatically extract summaries from free-text essays, such as key words and key sentences, and carries out essay structure recognition. The current design approach described in this paper has led to a more "explore and discover" environment, where several external representations of these summarization elements would be presented to students, allowing them to freely explore the feedback, discover issues that might have been overlooked and reflect on their writing. Proposals for more interactive, reflective activities to structure such exploration are currently being tested.

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