To improve undergrads’ writing skills, University of Houston Professor Lori Whisenant assigns lots of writing in her business law and ethics class, which enrolls 1,000 students a year. But she doesn’t have time to read all those papers. Her seven teaching assistants lack the experience and time to provide detailed feedback. So she outsources assignment grading to Virtual-TA, which relies on readers based mostly in Asia, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.
“Asia” must mean India, where educated people speak English — though not American English. You’d think there’d be a pool of unemployed English majors available for online work for low pay in the U.S. There are plenty of unemployed PhDs in the humanities, a Chronicle column notes.
In response to comments: A newspaper friend who edits calendar write-ups outsourced to India finds it necessary to change Anglo-Indian expressions and diction to American English.