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Virtual race as an examination test: models, solutions, experiences

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3 Author(s)
Matko, D. ; Fac. of Electr. Eng., Ljubljana Univ., Slovenia ; Blazic, S. ; Belic, A.

In this paper, an idea is presented on how to motivate students to learn an exacting subject such as computer-aided control systems design (CACSD). The idea is that the exam is a virtual race or competition meaning that the students are graded according to the success achieved in the competition. The aim of the competition is set by the professor, and the students have to design a controller to achieve the best possible result they can. Four competition subjects, those used in the last four years of CACSD education at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, are reviewed with emphasis on the fourth one-the surf regatta. The mathematical model of the surf is then presented. In all four cases, the criterion for the competition was the shortest time. The paper concludes with the description of solutions applied by students and the faculty experiences with the course

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:44 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Nov 2001

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