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2021-10-18 NITheCS Colloquium: Japie Greef, Aligning Student and Educator Capstone Project Preferences Algorithmically
2021-10-18 NITheCS Colloquium

Dr Japie Greef (NWU)

Aligning Student and Educator Capstone Project Preferences Algorithmically

Abstract: In this project the researchers attempted to address a number of issues that were prevalent in a capstone project module in an electrical and electronic engineering degree. We will introduce the context, followed by a justification from current literature, give an introduction to the approach and finally give a summary of the outcomes obtained by the project. In this study an authentic learning approach was followed which allowed students to propose and tender for capstone projects in a four-year engineering programme, and following a period of tender also give active input into the selection of tenders based on their personal knowledge and experience. From this process, a preference list was obtained from both students and faculty of their opinions of the best way assignments could be allocated followed by applying the Gale-Shapley algorithm to select the optimal assignment of projects to students. Additionally, an estimation is done on the amount of data that is required to create a stable matching given that full preference data is not available in the context of this project.

Bio: Japie Greeff has almost 20 years of experience spanning electronic engineering, software development and education in the South African context. He has worked for a variety of companies: from research institutions, start-ups and corporate software giants to his current position as lecturer at North-West University. He currently serves as the deputy director for the school of computer science and information systems at North-West University and leads a research sub-programme in the Optentia research unit, focusing on technology, capability and functioning. Most of Japie’s research has been in the realms of engineering education, serious games and gamification. His PhD focused on capstone project modules in engineering education.

Oct 18, 2021 04:00 PM in Johannesburg

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Japie Greef
Dr @North-West University
Japie Greeff has almost 20 years of experience spanning electronic engineering, software development and education in the South African context. He has worked for a variety of companies: from research institutions, start-ups and corporate software giants to his current position as lecturer at North-West University. He currently serves as the deputy director for the school of computer science and information systems at North-West University and leads a research sub-programme in the Optentia research unit, focusing on technology, capability and functioning. Most of Japie’s research has been in the realms of engineering education, serious games and gamification. His PhD focused on capstone project modules in engineering education and how they can be enriched through gameful design with a focus on self-determination theory. He has knowledge of software development, product development, serious games, artificial intelligence, engineering education and electronics.