Dissertation Defense (06/12/2018): Leonardo de Souza Preuss

Student: Leonardo de Souza Preuss

Title: VITA-a pedagogical tool for accompaniment and assistance in the student-teacher relationship

Advisors: Joel A. F. Dos Santos, Gustavo Paiva Guedes (co-advisor)

Jury: Joel A. F. Dos Santos (CEFET/RJ) (President), Gustavo Paiva Guedes (CEFET/RJ), Eduardo Soares Ogasawara (CEFET/RJ), Alessandro Rosa Lopes Zachi (CEFET/RJ), Diego Gimenez Passos (UFF)

Day/Time: Dec 06/10h

Room: Auditorium V

Summary:

A major problem in the current education system is the high rate of evasion in undergraduate courses. Research in the field of education indicates that the level of student satisfaction is an important indicator in the measure of the success of a university. Students with high levels of satisfaction are more likely to continue in the course, in contrast to those who are unhappy. In Brazilian universities, faculty quality and teaching methods are considered crucial and highly responsible factors in student satisfaction. In this context, a mechanism capable of improving the teacher’s perception of students is of great value. This allows the teacher to anticipate students ‘ dissatisfaction in discipline and have greater agility in understanding their needs and in the adequacy of their classes. Thus reducing the rate of evasion in Brazilian universities. The present work proposes a system that assists the teacher in the perception of the students ‘ progress in their classes, revealing their degree of satisfaction or dissatisfaction during the academic period. The evaluation is made based on written comments about each class, provided by the students. The proposed tool uses feelings analysis techniques to process the assessments and present to the teacher a result in chart format, individual or class. This graph indicates only the predominant feeling in the student’s assessment. Thus, the privacy of the same is maintained (concerning the evaluation provided), as well as avoids differentiated interpretations by the teacher. Experiments conducted with four undergraduate classes point to a reasonable accuracy of the satisfaction estimate made by VITA and its usefulness for teachers.

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