Development of an automated grading and data manipulation program for the Teaching Laboratory Data Management (TLDM) System

Title Development of an automated grading and data manipulation program for the Teaching Laboratory Data Management (TLDM) System
Faculty/College/Unit Applied Science
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2015
Year 1: Project Title Teaching Laboratory Data Management (TLDM) System
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Peter Englezos
Year 1: Funded Amount 31,274
Year 1: Team Members

Dhanesh Kannangara, Senior Instructor, CHBE
Jim Sibley, Director, Centre for Instructional Support
Derek Choy, TLDM System Project Manager, CHBE

Year 1: Summary

The TLDM system is an online Excel-based coaching tool that provides guidance, feedback, and instructional scaffolding for students as they grapple with long complex laboratory analysis and calculations. The TLDM system also provides, grading assistance to TAs and student performance statistics to instructors. This proposal focuses on generating simple Excel-based modules that flexibly scaffold student learning as they master the use of ExcelTM for accurate and detailed laboratory data analyses without the need of constant TA support. The TLDM system will also reduce the time required for grading by automatically generating marking keys unique to each student’s raw data.

Year 1: TLEF Showcase Year 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 2: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Peter Englezos
Year 2: Funded Amount 18,726
Year 2: Team Members

Dhanesh Kannangara, Senior Instructor, CHBE
Jim Sibley, Director, Centre for Instructional Support
Derek Choy, Former TLDM System Project Manager

Year 2: Summary

During CHBE laboratory experiments, large amounts of data are generated and collected by students. Managing this data is problematic and time consuming; the existing Teaching Laboratory Data Management (TLDM) system solves this problem for students, teaching assistants, and instructors. With previous financial support from the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF), TLDM modules have now been created and implemented for all CHBE labs; feedback from students and teaching assistants has been very positive. This project will focus on streamlining the TAs’ and instructors’ process of handling TLDM data files that contain students’ raw data and answers. We propose the creation of a custom computer program that automates the operation of TLDM files within the various experimental modules. This will save many hours of marking time and will let TAs and instructors spend more time helping students and less time marking.