A distributed system for learning programming on-line

TitleA distributed system for learning programming on-line
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsVerdú, E., L. M. Regueras, M. J. Verdú, J. P. Leal, J. P. de Castro, and R. Queirós
JournalComputers & Education
Pagination1 – 10
KeywordsDistributed learning environments, Interactive learning environments, Programming and programming languages, strategies, Teaching/learning, teaching/learning strategies

Several Web-based on-line judges or on-line programming trainers have been developed in order to allow students to train their programming skills. However, their pedagogical functionalities in the learning of programming have not been clearly defined. {EduJudge} is a project which aims to integrate the {“UVA} On-line Judge”, an existing on-line programming trainer with an important number of problems and users, into an effective educational environment consisting of the e-learning platform Moodle and the competitive learning tool {QUESTOURnament.} The result is the {EduJudge} system which allows teachers to apply different pedagogical approaches using a proven e-learning platform, makes problems easy to search through an effective search engine, and provides an automated evaluation of the solutions submitted to these problems. The final objective is to provide new learning strategies to motivate students and present programming as an easy and attractive challenge. {EduJudge} has been tried and tested in three algorithms and programming courses in three different Engineering degrees. The students’ motivation and satisfaction levels were analysed alongside the effects of the {EduJudge} system on students’ academic outcomes. Results indicate that both students and teachers found that among other multiple benefits the {EduJudge} system facilitates the learning process. Furthermore, the experiment also showed an improvement in students’ academic outcomes. It must be noted that the students’ level of satisfaction did not depend on their computer skills or their gender.