Experimental Insights into Writing: Classroom Applications of Grammarly and ChatGPT

In this presentation, Dr. James Ranalli will report on studies that investigated (1) how the level of Grammarly integration into writing courses influenced sustained adoption of Grammarly among students; and (2) how revisions by Grammarly and ChatGPT affected instructors’ evaluations of student writing as well as their perceptions of mental effort involved in evaluating and providing feedback. Implications of these studies for classroom application of AI-powered writing support will then be discussed. 


Jim Ranalli, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of English. He investigates connections between L2 academic writing, self-regulated learning, and technology. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has been published in Assessing Writing, CALICO Journal, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Educational Psychology, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Learning & Technology, and other publications. Jim teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in linguistics, language teaching methodology, computer-assisted language learning, and L2 writing and technology. He currently serves as the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of English, the coordinator of the writing component of ISU’s English Placement Test, and an associate editor of Language Learning & Technology.

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