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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Grammarly: Improvements on Mobile Devices

The Grammarly app has been available on both Android and iOS as a native keyboard for quite some time. Below are five reasons you should consider using Grammarly on your phone:

  1. Fewer typos, errors, and mistakes
  2. Searchable emojis
  3. A bigger vocabulary
  4. Works where you work
  5. Personalization settings

Still not convinced? Here are some added features to make writing on your phone even easier:

  1. Dark theme
  2. Speech to text
  3. Suggestions for style improvements and vocabulary enhancements

Download Grammarly for Android or iOS.