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Pamela Connors, Communication Studies We are interested in developing software for an assessment tool for one of our Comm Studies basic courses: Public Discourse. Martin Lang, Sarah Wolter, and I would be the clients (I could serve as the main point of contact). I think ideally we'd be looking for a web-based program to serve as a rubric for both students and instructors to be able to use it to evaluate and provide feedback on student presentations. I've attached what I currently use, a form with dropdown boxes in MS Excel. We actually will be revising these categories, so there's a fair amount that would change, but the basic idea would be to be able to quickly assess certain components of a person's speech using a scale, with two additional functions: 1) inserting pre-written comments that help guide the speaker to improve (the types of guidance that is commonly repeated from student to student) and 2) typing free-form comments that would be specific to the student's particular speech. We would want the flexibility to edit the rubric categories and edit the precanned comments. Kate Knutson, Political Science The Political Science department has a project for your class. We have been trying for several years to find a way to digitally archive our senior theses in a way that is searchable and password protected. We have contacted GTS about this project several times and they say they can't do it/don't have time. This is definitely a priority for our department and so we would appreciate having a student group work on the project. If this is something you think would be appropriate for your class, I'd be happy to provide more detailed information. I can also answer any questions you might have before making a decision. I think that most of our files are saved as PDFs. We have them on a memory stick organized by semester but would like them to be accessible and searchable by current students. As long as there is some sort of password protection, I don't think a Cloud-based system would be a problem. (Note from Hvidsten – to add search capability the theses will need to be stored along with textual abstracts) Josh Brown, Philosphy What I'm looking for is an automated natural deduction proof checker. The rough idea is this: each line in a proof consists of (1) a scope, (2) a sentence, and (3) a justification. There are then rules that are used to determine whether or not a line is well-formed; a proof is well-formed just in case every line is well-formed. The potentially complicated part is likely to be a parser for the sentences. The simplest version of what I'd like is for students to be able to enter a proof, and for the proof checker to identify any ill-formed lines. There's also some advanced functionality that could be included if that proves to be too easy! The syntax is very tight--the languages are the language of sentential logic and the language of first order predicate logic. I can provide a precise recursive syntax for each. (I'd actually be happy to have the program even for just sentential logic.) Dwight Stoll, Chemistry This is a project to create a new way to visualize chemical data for High Performance Liquid Chromatography. The data is currently visualized in tabular form on a PHP-based web site (http://www.hplccolumns.org/) that can be searched. The project would involve learning PHP programming with visualization using the HTML5 canvas element.