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FLOP: a user-friendly system for automated program assessment



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Llana Díaz, Luis Fernando and Marín Marín, Enrique and Pareja Flores, Cristóbal and Velázquez Iturbide, J. Ángel (2014) FLOP: a user-friendly system for automated program assessment. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 20 (9). pp. 1304-1326. ISSN 0948695x

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Official URL: http://www.jucs.org/jucs_20_9/flop_a_user_friendly


Currently, automated systems for program submission and assessment play a centralrole in the teaching of programming. A number of such systems have been developed in the last two decades. However, their adoption in regular programming teaching presents an obstacle: the overhead work required for the design of each problem, for compilation of problem collections, and for mundane management tasks. An open challenge is to make these systems easier to use and to reduce to a minimum the number of management tasks. In this article we present the FLOP system, which was developed to satisfy this goal. The contribution of thearticle is twofold. On the one hand, we present the FLOP system itself and its user-friendlyfeatures. On the other hand, we present in detail the user-centered design process used to design and enhance the ease of use of FLOP. Several actions were undertaken to inquire users’concerns and needs, with a usability evaluation of FLOP conducted with students being themost fruitful action.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Learning of programming; automated assessment systems; FLOP; user-centered design
Subjects:Sciences > Computer science
Sciences > Computer science > Computer programming
Sciences > Statistics
ID Code:28938
Deposited On:03 Mar 2015 12:12
Last Modified:08 Jul 2015 08:08

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