Improving the marking of programming exercises using a marking support tool and subject design

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Abstract

Since 2003, we have strived to determine the most appropriate method for improving students' programming skills. One reason for this research is that the evaluation of programs requires sufficient time and careful consideration of correctness, fairness, and appropriateness. Another reason is that programming should always be evaluated on the grounds of not only compilation and testing but also correctness of the algorithm and validity of the model. Due to various factors, even if students submit their programs electronically, it does not contribute to improving the correctness of the evaluation in terms of marking their programs. Moreover, a lack of concrete assessment items and criteria for the programs implies that the marked results will depend on the instructor's assessment. To reduce the extent to which assessment results depend on the instructor, we propose the introduction of subject design in our programming exercises. We have developed a marking support tool that enables us to evaluate programs on one screen where we can readily compile and test the program, browse the code, record the student's marks, and analyze assessment results. This research sought to improve the assessment of programming exercises using support design and the marking support tool that we developed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education
Pages76-80
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event10th IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education - Beijing, China
Duration: 2007 Oct 82007 Oct 10

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 10th IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education

Conference

Conference10th IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period07/10/807/10/10

Keywords

  • Assessment of programming exercise
  • Marking support tool
  • Programming exercise
  • Subject design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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