Please be advised that CCID does not endorse any of the software items listed below. These products are only listed here as examples of trends and options available in the field. CCID can review a small number of new tools each year. Send us a request if there is a particular tool you would like us to review for you.
- Grammarly: This is freeware that is just what it sounds like: free software that is designed to catch grammar errors. The upside is that users find it very useful in catching errors, offering corrections, and explaining the errors. The downside is that users often become passive users and can pay little attention to the learning that can occur. So, use it but pay attention. Faculty and students can use this, together and separately.
- Eli Review: There has been a lot of buzz about this software of late. What makes this software interesting is that faculty can set up the software to review for certain aspects of drafts, but students then must review a specified number of other students' drafts in order to receive feedback. Thus, students must contribute to receive, generating practiced feedback and receiving focused feedback, as well.
The following list of software hasn't been fully reviewed yet by CCID, but may be found helpful to faculty members.
- Annotation Studio (MIT): Social classroom-based tool, teacher inputs reading which all students can annotate and compare notes
- Criterion (ETS): Uses automated writing to identify issues in grammar/organization/thesis/style (target: high school/middle school; have to be part of institution to get it)
- Docuscope (Carnegie Mellon): Focuses on form/function of grammar and basic structure. DocuScope allows instructors to upload assignments and submissions and the program will look for things that are unique to that assignment to help with teaching genre norms.
- ImpactStudio (Amy Stornaiuolo and Matthew Hall- University of Pennsylvania): NSF grant funded project develop a student facing analytic tool in a studio environment, designed to capture data from an online community, helps students think about themselves as writers impacting others who read what they write.
- OnTopic (Carnegie Mellon): Program focused on readability. It tracks how often words are used in the paper to make sure that students aren't dropping topics or jumping around inconsistently. This offers a way to visually track clusters and topic gaps at the text, paragraph, or sentence level, allowing you to physically see how the known-new contract functions in a text.
- Research Writing Tutor: compares drafts with corpus of published articles to give instead and individualized feedback suited to a particular discipline, program is explicitly based on Swales moves (only available at Iowa State right now, but they are working on an open access platform)
- SpeechRater (ETS): Automated speech recognition system that allows for spoken-response scoring.
- Thesis Writer (Kruse, Rapp): Supports degree programs where a large number of theses need to be written in German and English, step by step walk through of creating a thesis, replay functions allows the user to see every change they made to their paper. It also features a phrase book option that supplies students with academic phrasing (though they are finding that students are afraid to use this for fear of plagiarism).
- Rhetorical Composing (Scott DeWitt): Gen ed MOOC that collected a sizable amount of peer review data. Allows students to submit work for peer review, which they only get back if they review three other submissions.
- Writing Pal (Arizona State University): Uses games to teach how to write introductions, arguments, etc.
- Writing Mentor (ETS): Google based, asks questions to identify and assess goals; offers reading help.