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User Experience and Data Visualization for a Novel Writing Assessment System




21W: Writing

Faculty Supervisor:

Suzanne Lane

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Suzanne Lane, stlane@mit.edu

Project Description

ArchiMedia is a research lab within Comparative Media Studies/Writing. We design digital tools for teaching and assessing writing, and we’re looking for MIT students to work on Axiologon, which is a platform for assessing writing. We have developed a process by which ‘generative rubrics’—genre-specific developmental rubrics that provide fine-grained description of rhetorical features, combined with strategy-focused instruction for weaker features—can be used to generate detailed formative feedback on texts. This system allows for expert human evaluation of writing to be aided by automated processes for generating feedback and capturing rich data about writing performance, including writers' specific conceptual, strategic, and procedural rhetorical and composition knowledge. We are developing this platform in collaboration with a local software-as-solution company. We seek two students to learn and apply frameworks of user experience, universal design, graphic development, storyboarding, and wireframing to help design the user interface for both writers and evaluaters, including data visualizations.


Previous experience with UX/UI, data visualization, or wireframing desirable but not necessary.