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Recording and analyzing in-browser programming sessions

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Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 13th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli Calling 2013
Pages13-22
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event13th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli Calling 2013 - Koli, Finland
Duration: 14 Nov 201317 Nov 2013

Conference

Conference13th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli Calling 2013
CountryFinland
CityKoli
Period14/11/1317/11/13

Abstract

In this paper, we report on the analysis of a novel type of automatically recorded detailed programming session data collected on a university-level web programming course. We present a method and an implementation of collecting rich data on how students learning to program edit and execute code and explore its use in examining learners' behavior. The data collection instrument is an in-browser Python programming environment that integrates an editor, an execution environment, and an interactive Python console and is used to deliver programming assignments with automatic feedback. Most importantly, the environment records learners' interaction within it. We have implemented tools for viewing these traces and demonstrate their potential in learning about the programming processes of learners and of benefiting computing education research and the teaching of programming.

Keywords

  • computer science education, computing education research, programming assignment, programming session, Python, web based programming environment