The Master of Science program in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Manchester features units that take place over a short time period, such as the State-Space and Multivariable Control unit. Dr. Joaquin Carrasco needed to find a way to grade quizzes and return them to students, with feedback, as quickly as possible so the material was still fresh in their minds.
Dr. Carrasco adopted Maple T.A. due to its ability to allow instructors to customize course content and develop thousands of unique questions for students to gain a greater understanding of key materials and concepts. Maple T.A. also provided students with instant feedback on their performance.
Maple T.A. provided Dr. Carrasco with the ability to generate unique practice questions, and allowed students to retake quizzes to refine their skills and review lecture topics. Dr. Carrasco surveyed his students and all of them recommended using Maple T.A. for future students in the course.
The University of Manchester, recently ranked the fifth best post-secondary institution in the UK, has a reputation for its world-leading research and teaching. Its Master’s Program draws on this renowned research, as well as on strong ties with the industry. When students graduate, they are fully equipped to enter into a post-graduate research program or to become sought-after employees in their chosen fields. In the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the Advanced Control and Systems Engineering field of study of the Master of Science program prepares students to enter a variety of engineering sectors such as aerospace, robotics, automotive, or petrochemical.
Part of the MSc course in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering, the State-Space and Multivariable Control unit takes place over 3 weeks. In order to cover such extensive and technical material in a short period of time, Dr. Joaquin Carrasco traditionally assigned quizzes to students in order to reinforce concepts taught in lectures. Intended to be a formative assessment for the students, the quizzes would be collected a week later and marked by hand. By the time Carrasco grades each of his students’ quizzes and returns them, often the class has already moved on to the next unit, and the quizzes have long since passed from the students’ minds. “Having such a short time in which to teach the material, we needed a way to grade the students’ quizzes and return them much faster so students wouldn’t forget about it by the time they get their results,” said Carrasco. “We needed another process that gave students feedback earlier so they could apply the feedback within the time frame of the unit.”
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