Authors Munoz de la Pena, Arsenio, Munoz de la Pena, David, Godoy-Caballero, Maria P., Gonzalez-Gomez, David, GÓMEZ-ESTERN AGUILAR, FABIO, Sanchez, Carlos, GÓMEZ-ESTERN AGUILAR, FABIO
External publication No
Means Quim. Nova
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 4
SJR Quartile 3
JCR Impact 0.66100
SJR Impact 0.28800
Area International
Publication date 01/01/2014
ISI 000344472500021
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-84911196075
DOI 10.5935/0100-4042.20140242
Abstract In general, laboratory activities are costly in terms of time, space, and money. As such, the ability to provide realistically simulated laboratory data that enables students to practice data analysis techniques as a complementary activity would be expected to reduce these costs while opening up very interesting possibilities. In the present work, a novel methodology is presented for design of analytical chemistry instrumental analysis exercises that can be automatically personalized for each student and the results evaluated immediately. The proposed system provides each student with a different set of experimental data generated randomly while satisfying a set of constraints, rather than using data obtained from actual laboratory work. This allows the instructor to provide students with a set of practical problems to complement their regular laboratory work along with the corresponding feedback provided by the system's automatic evaluation process. To this end, the Goodle Grading Management System (GMS), an innovative web-based educational tool for automating the collection and assessment of practical exercises for engineering and scientific courses, was developed. The proposed methodology takes full advantage of the Goodle GMS fusion code architecture. The design of a particular exercise is provided ad hoc by the instructor and requires basic Matlab knowledge. The system has been employed with satisfactory results in several university courses. To demonstrate the automatic evaluation process, three exercises are presented in detail. The first exercise involves a linear regression analysis of data and the calculation of the quality parameters of an instrumental analysis method. The second and third exercises address two different comparison tests, a comparison test of the mean and a t-paired test.
Keywords evaluation; numerical exercises; analytical chemistry
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