Signals and Systems Students trainer.

González De Sande, Juan Carlos and Montes, Javier and Deza, Javier (2011). Signals and Systems Students trainer.. In: "3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. EDULEARN11", 04/07/2011 - 06/07/2011, Barcelona. ISBN 978-84-615-0441-1. pp. 3801-3808.


Title: Signals and Systems Students trainer.
  • González De Sande, Juan Carlos
  • Montes, Javier
  • Deza, Javier
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. EDULEARN11
Event Dates: 04/07/2011 - 06/07/2011
Event Location: Barcelona
Title of Book: EDULEARN11 Proceedings
Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-84-615-0441-1
Freetext Keywords: Computer based learning, automatic problem generator, automatic assessment, feedback.
Faculty: E.U.I.T. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Circuitos y Sistemas [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Higher education students demand fast feedback about their assignments and the opportunity to repeat them in case they do in a wrong way. Here a computer based trainer for Signals and Systems students is presented. An application, that automatically generates and assesses thousands of numerically different versions of several Signals and Systems problems have been developed. This applet guides the students to find the solution and automatically assesses and grades the students proposed solution. The students can use the application to practice in solving several types of Signals and Systems basic problems. After selecting the problem type, the student introduces a seed and the application generates a numerical version of the selected problem. Then the application presents a sequence of questions that the students must solve and the application automatically assess their answers. After solving a given problem, the students can repeat the same numerical variation of the problem by introducing the same seed to the application. In this way, they can review their solution with the help of the hints given by the application for wrong solutions. This application can also be used as an automatic assessment tool by the instructor. When the assessment is made in a controlled environment (examination classroom or laboratory) the instructor can use the same seed for all students. Otherwise, different seeds can be assigned to different students and in this way they solve different numerical variation of the proposed problem, so cheating becomes an arduous task. Given a problem type, the mathematical or conceptual difficulty of the problem can vary depending on the numerical values of the parameters of the problem. The application permits to easily select groups of seeds that yield to numerical variations with similar mathematical or conceptual difficulty. This represents an advantage over a randomised task assignment where students are asked to solve tasks with different difficulty.

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