Vantage Learning has announced the release of version 2.0 of I-Manage, a Web-based management tool that allows customers using the IntelliMetric Web-services-based API to integrate automated essay scoring with their writing assessment and instructional applications. Version 2.0 offers significantly greater functionality, with expanded Web services and line-by-line feedback, according to the Vantage Learning announcement.
With I-Manage, customers can score essay responses; provide line-by-line feedback on spelling, grammar and mechanics; identify parts of speech for each word or phrase; and identify the readability level of the student's essay. I-Manage 2.0 also includes VIOLERT, which is capable of evaluating a writer's intent to do harm to oneself or others, and CLEANSPEAK, to identify potentially inappropriate words included within the essay.
Customers can use I-Manage to add new writing prompts and rubrics, as well as allow users to edit both. The tools include several quality control and testing features, intended to facilitate implementation. Customers can monitor usage and obtain reports with an interface that allows selection by date range, prompt, and other criteria.
The IntelliMetric essay scoring engine uses a blend of artificial intelligence (AI) and the digitization of human expertise to score and assess examinee responses to open-ended essay questions in a range of subjects. The results of over 120 studies conducted in range of K-12 and higher education environments found that IntelliMetric scores as accurately as human expert scorers, according to the announcement. [Editor's Note: For an independently written discussion of the IntelliMetric prompt-based essay scoring engine, see Charles Doe's article AI vs. the Pen: Cutting-Edge Tools for Teaching Writing, in the May/June 2005 issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools.]
Source: Vantage Learning, http://www.vantagelearning.com