Automated Questions about Learners' Own Code Help to Detect Fragile Prerequisite Knowledge

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Abstract

Students are able to produce correctly functioning program code even though they have a fragile understanding of how it actually works. Questions derived automatically from individual exercise submissions (QLC) can probe if and how well the students understand the structure and logic of the code they just created. Prior research studied this approach in the context of the first programming course. We replicate the study on a follow-up programming course for engineering students which contains a recap of general concepts in CS1. The task was the classic rainfall problem which was solved by 90% of the students. The QLCs generated from each passing submission were kept intentionally simple, yet 27% of the students failed in at least one of them. Students who struggled with questions about their own program logic had a lower median for overall course points than students who answered correctly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE 2023 - Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
PublisherACM
Pages505-511
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-4007-0138-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Turku, Finland
Duration: 8 Jul 202312 Jul 2023
Conference number: 28

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Abbreviated titleITiCSE
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityTurku
Period08/07/202312/07/2023

Keywords

  • online education
  • prerequisite knowledge
  • program comprehension
  • QLC

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