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Our studies show that SAGrader increases learning and supports effective teaching.

Time-Shifted Online Collaboration: Creating Teachable Moments Through Automated Grading

Chapter appearing in Juan, A.A., Daradournis, T., and Caballe, S. (Eds.) 2009. Monitoring and Assessment in Online Collaborative Environments: Emergent Computational Technologies for Eā€learning Support. IGI Global.

"Changing the timing of feedback creates a powerful teachable moment when students have motivation, information, opportunity, and feedback. They are motivated to improve their grade, they are told what they did right or wrong while the relevant information is fresh in their minds, and they have the opportunity to revise and resubmit."

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Students Improve Learning by 20% with SAGrader

"An analysis of 1,595 student essays submitted in a college-level introductory course found that essays revised based on feedback from SAGrader achieved final grades 20 percentage points higher than the grades assigned to first drafts of those essays."

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SAGrader Helps Disadvantaged Students Overcome Initial Deficits

"An analysis of essays submitted in introductory sociology assignments finds that SAGrader levels the playing field, giving disadvantaged students the opportunity to overcome initial deficits."

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SAGrader Benefits Can Outweigh Costs in First Semester

"SAGrader... pay[s] for itself within the first semester... Expected costs for subsequent semesters or when pre-constructed assignments are used should be substantially lower than the costs for comparable hand-grading."

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What Do Students Think About Using SAGrader?

"Virtually all students like the immediate feedback, the detailed comments, and the opportunity to revise and improve their paper. Most think it is fair even in its first assessment. They prefer automatic essay grading over traditional multiple choice tests by almost two to one."

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