Using Automated Writing Feedback Tools in the Classroom: Research Insights for Tool Designers and Instructional Support Teams
- Teachers found Ecree and MI Write useful for their writing instruction and for helping students improve their writing.
- Some students struggled to use Ecree’s and MI Write’s automated feedback.
- Teachers reported curriculum and technical integration challenges when implementing Ecree and MI Write in their classrooms.
- Regular and tailored support helped teachers better understand how to integrate Ecree and MI Write into their teaching.
This brief aims to help developers and instructional support staff of automated writing feedback tools—as well as curriculum developers interested in integrating automated writing feedback tools—understand what helps and hinders such tools’ use in the classroom. The brief summarizes key implementation takeaways from studies of two such tools—Ecree and MI Write—in grade 7–11 English language arts classrooms during the 2021–2022 school year. The brief also provides strategies for improving automated feedback tools to better meet the needs of teachers and students. The findings in this brief are synthesized from two studies, one focused on Ecree and the other on MI Write. The school contexts and groups of participating students and teachers differed across the two studies.