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Re: Doing survey on students' use of Octave

From: Juan Pablo Carbajal
Subject: Re: Doing survey on students' use of Octave
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:20:13 +0100

On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 10:23 AM, Doan Minh Dang <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just finished teaching a course on Numerical methods with Octave.
> Thank to the new GUI, my students seem to adopt Octave easily,
> although many of them haven't work much with computer before.
> I intend to get feedbacks from students for assessment on how well
> they are taking Octave for their study. Anybody can give me
> suggestions on what aspects/questions to do with this survey (by
> questionnaire)?
> Hints to similar research are also greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Dang
> (Can Tho University of Technology, Vietnam)
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Hi Dang,

I have made similar research with young students (12 yr. old and up)
on the Dwengo board. Sadly, the questionnaires are in Spanish. Thi sis
ht elist of topics we asked about (You want to avoid long
questionnaires or you will get crappy results, aim for 10-15 min.):

On the course side:
What was the most important thing they learned?
What are the aspects of the course they value most?
Do you think GNU Octave is useful for you?
What aspect of the GUI was the best?
What aspect of the could be better?
What could have been done better?
General evaluation of the course (on numerical scale, e.g. from 1 to 10)

On the knowledge side
- show a plot and ask how it is done.
- show a line of code and ask what it will return.
- give a problem to solve with octave (be careful with the difficulty).

I would be interested on the results of you can share them.

Good luck!


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