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Hubs, Scorers, and Scopes - OH MY! Modern Grading Systems: The Promise and Peril

Beata Beigman Klebanov
Beata Beigman Klebanov, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. She specializes in automated evaluation of essays, as well as, more generally, in automated analysis of texts for various purposes. Some aspects she is interested in are vocabulary choice, use  of metaphor, effective argumentation, adherence to conventions of genre, topicality, stance-taking, use of sources, use of facts. Together with her colleague Nitin Madnani, she is writing a book on automated essay scoring for the Synthesis Lectures in Language Technology series published by Morgan and Claypool.

Jake Dempsey
Jake Dempsey is an Educational Technology Specialist at Tufts University where he supports faculty in the use of technology for teaching and learning. Before working at

Tufts, Jake spent ten years working on custom online course development and delivery at Pearson Higher Education. Whether working at scale or one on one, Jake tries to ensure that technology facilitates teaching and learning without hindering it.

Erin DeSilva
Erin DeSilva is an Instructional Designer at Dartmouth College. She supports faculty in creating effective and engaging learning experiences through active learning strategies that include team-based learning, student response technology, and more. Erin holds an Ed.M. in Educational Media and Technology at Boston University and a B.S. from Simmons College. She has worked in science and technology education at Brown University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Museum of Science in Boston and a PBS affiliate in Toledo, Ohio.

Tammie Patten
Tammie Patten is an Educational Technologist in the Learning Design and Technology group at Dartmouth College. Tammie serves as the lead Canvas administrator in addition to supporting other technologies for teaching and learning. Tammie holds a M.A.T from Marlboro College and a B.A. from Emory University. She has spent most of her career in educational technology both in K-12 and higher education and enjoys helping faculty and staff create richer and more productive learning environments for their students.

James Perretta
James Perretta is the creator and lead developer of, an automated grading system used by the Computer Science department at the University of Michigan. His research interests are in using automated grading systems to enhance student learning. At recent ASEE conferences, James presented his research on topics such as the impact of different feedback policies on student learning of software testing and the efficacy of using existing static analysis tools to automate code style grading. James holds an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Beth Peterson
I graduated from Becker College with a degree in Communication Design and began my career, which at the time was meant to be more graphic design-oriented, with Pearson Education. I worked in the corporate online educational publishing world for just under 10 years, becoming fluid in all course management systems and eLearning. This is where I developed a passion for technology in education. I came to Assumption College just over a year and a half ago as an Instructional Technology Specialist. I work in collaboration with IT and the Center for Teaching Excellence with the goal of ensuring the instructors are comfortable and proficient with technology in the classroom as well as online, and the students are receiving the best possible education. Some of my many hats include instructional designer, tech support, D2L admin and faculty and student trainer. My main focus lately has been developing a faculty training program designed for instructors new to teaching online. It is meant to give the instructor the feel of being the student as well as navigating the CMS and some best practices for teaching engaging online courses. I’m excited to be a part of the quickly evolving world of higher education.

Nathan Pflueger
Nathan Pflueger teaches mathematics at Amherst College. His signature course is Mathematical Cryptography, which blends traditional proof-writing with problem-solving via programming and experimentation. Nathan holds a PhD in Mathematics from Harvard and taught at Brown for several years before coming to Amherst.

Jane Reynolds

Jane Reynolds is a User Support and System Analyst at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. In the rare moments when everyone’s computer is working just fine, she designs and builds web-based tools both for the Computing team, and for teaching and learning. Before joining Thayer School, Jane was teaching kids programming through Scratch and earning her master’s degree in Interactive Digital Media at Trinity College, Dublin.  
 Ben Servoz is a Senior Systems Engineer at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Ben has worked in many facets of I.T. and is currently exploring making web interfaces which dynamically control drawing robots. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

Ben Servoz

Ben Servoz is a Senior Systems Engineer at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Ben has worked in many facets of I.T. and is currently exploring making web interfaces which dynamically control drawing robots. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

Lindsey Van Gieson
Lindsey Van Gieson is the Instructional Technology Systems Manager at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She has been at WPI since 2014. She leads the Academic Technology Center’s outreach, administration, and support efforts for Canvas, WPI's Learning Management System. She works with faculty and students in their use of the LMS and other educational technologies to address teaching and learning challenges. She also develops a number of instructional technology resources for faculty and assists with the development and delivery of workshops on instructional technology topics.

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