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An artist's depiction of a brain from above. On the left side of the brain, straight black-and-white lines suggest technology. On the right, curved lines and colors suggest human creativity.
Jan 20, 2023
Human- and machine-generated prose may one day be indistinguishable. But that does not quell academics’ search for an answer to the question “What makes prose human?”

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May 6, 2011
To some degree, everyone struggles with procrastination -- unless one has entirely abandoned the struggle in favor of watching cat videos on YouTube. And academics, who juggle an array of work responsibilities -- many with apparently elastic deadlines -- are no exception. But recognizing that one is guilty of procrastination, and even that it may have serious consequences for one's career or personal life, never seems to make it much easier to click away from the kitten clip.
May 6, 2011
For motivation, two junior faculty members agreed to write five articles before Memorial Day -- or eat a heaping pile of livermush.
April 8, 2011
For veterans in college, “writing what you know” is not so simple.
February 21, 2011
ETS says new research shows its program can be superior to human evaluation of college students, but MIT scholar says claims are built on false premises.
September 2, 2010
Scholar reflects on a career trying to teach and enforce "the Queen's English." Bonus: a double limerick.
July 8, 2010
The College Board has revamped the tests used by students at many colleges to either place out of introductory composition or earn credit for the course. The changes involve an additional type of essay -- more research-oriented and less philosophical -- as well as shifts in the multiple choice questions.
April 14, 2010
Hanson Hosein wants to lead you on an expedition into uncharted territory. It will be expensive, and even your guides will not always know exactly where you are going. But if you can come out with a better understanding of the lawless and sometimes hazardous terrain, the returns will be well worth the investment.
November 11, 2009
City College of New York ditches general writing courses for weightier discipline-specific writing courses team taught by upper-level professors and writing instructors.
September 9, 2009
Freshmen at Brown had no idea that anyone other than their academic advisers would be reading what they wrote, but their letters were being evaluated by writing instructors.
March 17, 2009
Composition scholars consider whether their language and tone alienate the public -- or raise tough issues.

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