More than 140 Fresno State professors are trying out a computer tool that taps into video-game competitiveness to improve student writing, reports the Fresno Bee. Those professors and close to 7,000 students are part of a pilot project using a web-based evaluation program. Students submit essays electronically and get near-instant scores and notes on grammar, mechanics, organization, and more. The program highlights errors—a run-on sentence, a misspelled word—but students correct the mistakes. Faculty members also can offer comments, and students can revise and resubmit essays for better marks. “I have some students treating it like a video game: ‘I can...

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