A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning Non-Traditional Students is designed to introduce students to the contextual issues of college. Non-traditional students have an ever-growing presence on college campuses, especially community colleges. This open educational resource is designed to engage students in seeing themselves as college students and understanding the complexity of what that means to their lives.
I’ve been involved with writing as a teacher and an author much of my life. I’ve written for academia and personal interest. I’ve had my writing evaluated for entrance into programs; resumes I’ve written documents that have been scrutinized for the workplace; I’ve had stories evaluated by editors for publication, but I have never had my writing evaluated by artificial intelligence (AI). In my training as a teacher, I wasn’t taught to teach writing for an audience that wasn’t human. I wasn’t taught to look at writing as it would be seen by artificial intelligence. Yet, that is what the students in my classroom will face at the end of their coursework. It will not be up to me to evaluate their writing. They will face a standardized test and an automated essay grader. The purpose of this book is not to debate the use of Automated Essay Graders (AEG) or the pros and cons of AEG. I am creating this book in 2020 because AEG is a fact of life for the students I teach.