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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
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Computers in Education
This paper presents the latest updates and newest findings on gruepr, a recently released, open-source software tool that can be used to place students onto optimal project teams. This software was designed and written by one of the authors as a no-cost alternative to existing solutions, such as CATME. The software is written in C++, and currently comprises about 8000 lines of code. Executables for Windows and macOS are publicly available, as is the code itself, released under the GNU General Public License. Recent updates to the software include the use of the Qt libraries for a graphical user interface and other expectations of modern software applications, multi-threading some of the optimization task using OpenMP, adding flexibility to the set of data that can be used to define an optimal project team, and increased automation of the use of Google Forms to collect the student data. In this paper, the current design of the program is presented along with validation of its use by an increasing number of faculty. Validation is presented in the form of results from a survey of faculty to assess what student information they collected and used in forming teams, and what their perceptions were of faculty and student experience with the use of gruepr.
Hertz, J. L., & Freeman, S. F. (2020, June), gruepr, an Open Source Tool for Creating Optimal Student Teams Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34717
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