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Augmenting Teacher Reading and Pre-Reading of Student Papers

Augmenting Teacher Reading and Pre-Reading of Student Papers

A teacher’s primary role and value, even in our ever more digital workplace, remains delivering the human touch, the human insight and direction. However, a common complaint amongst educators can be summarised as too many students and not enough time. One reason for this is that they have to spend too much time reading and commenting on sub-standard student work before the student is ready to hand in work of a higher quality which the teacher can spend time on evaluating and giving more thoughtful feedback on.
This research project will investigate how systems can reduce the time teachers spend on evaluating the basic qualities of a student paper, such as plagiarism, grammar and writing level, as well use of correct citations.
If successful, the methods proposed will allow teachers to provide feedback to students on these basic faults, based on automatic analysis of the student papers on submission with a summary of issues presented by the PDF reading software, simply by a single click of a button to send the summary of faults to the student or by providing further details quickly and efficiently if desired.

What we have done so far

The research project will further augment the teacher’s ability to grasp the content of the student paper by providing rich ways for the teacher to examine the use of citations, keywords and structure.
The research is built around the open Visual-Meta approach to providing structure to PDF documents and will build on the successful Augmented Text software, to improve the word processor Author and the PDF viewer Reader, both of which are available today in the macOS App Store:
The research is the implementation effort of the decade long Future of Text Symposium from with The Future of Text book was published November 2020 DOI Where the symposium and book strives to broaden the understanding of potential futures of text, the Augmented Text project focuses on implementing actual improvements for text interaction.
This research project will build on what we have learnt to first better understand the issues teachers face when evaluating student papers and then building and testing actual functionality to augment their work.
So far the Augmented Text software, utilising Visual-Meta has focused on improving the student’s writing and citing, including implementing Augmented Citation Copy (copy text from a PDF and paste into the word processor as a full citation), Augmented Views (innovative Find, Fold and Dynamic Views, click on citation in the body of the text to see the full Reference information and more), as well as Augmented Glossaries and instant search through the Liquid tool.

Avenues of exploration

Avenues of exploration we propose to look at here, depending on what is further learnt of teacher need, include, in addition to the automatic analysis outlined above: Summaries of chapters, interactive displays of the use of References (such as showing frequency of use, use by location and so on), colour glossaries with academic field coding to allow teachers to quickly browse papers and see what areas are covered where, searches for people’s names using natural language processing to show all instances of where a person is referred, not only when their names are used.


We have a highly qualified, experienced and involved advisory team and the same programming team used for the initial work will continue onto this stage of work. [to be listed when confirmed]

Partner Integrations, Not Monolithic approach

The solutions we will be looking at will include integration with partners such as Scholarcy to analyse citations and businesses like Grammarly to integrate their grammar checker into the process, as options for the users. We are not trying to build a business to own the whole process but to augment the actual process of teachers dealign with student papers by employing new and existing systems.

Timeline and Budget

We are looking for support for one year, to present our findings to the public at the 10th Annual Future of Text Symposium late 20201, where we will also publish the second edition of The Future of Text book. The project budget is still to be determined and the result of the research being made available freely online including the software which will be free or remain at a small charge to fund continuation of the work.



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