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    Graphical enhancements of the Virtual Programming Lab

    Mooney, Aidan and Hegarty Kelly, Emlyn (2018) Graphical enhancements of the Virtual Programming Lab. In: 4th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’18), 20-22 June 2018, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia.

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    It is generally recognised that providing consistent, meaningful written feedback is not an easy task, especially when dealing with large classes. Feedback does needs to be effective, meaning it has to be appropriate and timely and needs to be individual, where possible. Automated feedback within Computer Science has been around since the 1960’s with the main goals in relation to computer programming being to implement an automatic assessment tool to provide consistent feedback and to alleviate examiners' workloads. The Virtual Programming Lab, a plugin for the Virtual Learning Environment Moodle, is one such tool that allows for Automated Feedback on computer code. This paper presents enhancements to the Virtual Programming that have been developed to make interacting with the tool more user-friendly and provide more graphical feedback to teachers. The enhancements developed provide in-depth graphical feedback on assessment grades within a class and also teacher focused graphical views which provide more in-depth analysis of assessment submissions. Discussed feedback shows that the enhancements developed were all positively received with feedback highlighting the benefits of each.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Cite as: Mooney, A.; Hegart Kelly, E. (2018). Graphical enhancements of the Virtual Programming Lab. Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València. 645-653. doi:10.4995/HEAD18.2018.8054
    Keywords: Automated Assessment; Virtual Programming Lab; Timely Feedback;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 10317
    Depositing User: Aidan Mooney
    Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 16:51
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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