Automated Feedback for 'Fill in the Gap' Programming Exercises

Truong, Dinh, Roe, Paul, & Bancroft, Peter (2005) Automated Feedback for 'Fill in the Gap' Programming Exercises. In Young, A & Tolhurst, D (Eds.) Proceedings of the Seventh Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2005), Australian Computer Society, Newcastle, NSW, pp. 117-126.


Timely feedback is a vital component in the learning process. It is especially important for beginner students in Information Technology since many have not yet formed an effective internal model of a computer that they can use to construct viable knowledge. Research has shown that learning efficiency is increased if immediate feedback is provided for students. Automatic analysis of student programs has the potential to provide immediate feedback for students and to assist teaching staff in the marking process. This paper describes a “fill in the gap” programming analysis framework which tests students’ solutions and gives feedback on their correctness, detects logic errors and provides hints on how to fix these errors. Currently, the framework is being used with the Environment for Learning to Programming (ELP) system at Queensland University of Technology (QUT); however, the framework can be integrated into any existing online learning environment or programming Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

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ID Code: 24025
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN, e-Learning, Programming
ISBN: 1-920682-24-4
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer Software not elsewhere classified (080399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 14:19
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 03:06

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