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Grading questions ask how to properly, effectively, and fairly assign grades to labs, assignments, and exams.

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How should Parsons Problems be graded?

I am creating an exam, and I would like to try to incorporate a few Parsons Problems. I am beginning to wonder if this is reasonably possible. The advantages are (1) it allows struggling students to ...
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Algorithm Design challenges

In my course we discuss algorithms (greedy, dp, div & conquer, etc.) and efficiency. Do you have any experience with assignments that consider also time of execution as a criterion for grading? Do ...
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Creating a rubric for computer arithmetic

I'd like to move to mastery-based grading and have drafted a set of rubrics for my undergraduate computer architecture class. I am having trouble with the one for computer arithmetic, which includes ...
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Grading source code in an online environment

In the past students have submitted hardcopy of the programs and output for grading (electronic version was also supplied if I wanted to run the programs). I always annotated and graded the source ...
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Is there a Java library for testing command line applications?

JUnit seems to work well for unit tests, but I'm not interested in unit tests, I want to test and entire command line application as a black box. I have created a text-based adventure game project for ...
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Putting feedback comments on source code when grading

My students currently submit their code in Bitbucket and create a pull request. Bitbucket has a code review tool that allows me to create comments tied to specific lines in the code. I really like ...
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System to validate run time complexity requirements

TL;DR: Do you know of a method/system that can determine the run time complexity of code automatically? At our university we have a system in place that allows students to submit their code and get ...
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open source MOOC platforms

What are easy to use MOOC open source platforms? Something that I could install on my servers to provision education. I'm looking for ready to use CMS (content management system) type of software with ...
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Online Code Review Scripts Like Udacity

Please, can anyone recommend a simple online code review scripts/website similar to udacity. Instructor upload students code to the scripts, they add inline comments and can send the URL to the ...
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Automatic grading of test-cases

Last year I taught a programming course, and used an automatic grading system for grading the students' homework (in addition to other evaluation measuares). It worked quite well; the bottleneck was ...
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How to write a grading rubric for coding assignments?

I'm trying to improve the grading process and I need to write some guidelines for the graders. Students submit Java code for the assignments. Any ideas/suggestion about how to structure the grading?
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Should programming assignments be graded based on results from unit tests or based on the similarity to the correct implementation?

Imagine students in a course on algorithms & data structures, which are given homework assignments to implement things like trees, hash sets, sorting algorithms, etc. Due to the high number of ...
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How to collect and grade Xcode work

I am preparing to teach an intro to app development class to approximately 10 students who are there voluntarily this summer using Swift and Xcode. The course will consist of daily, 5-hour class ...
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Resubmitting Projects

How do y'all decide when to allow a student to resubmit an assignment rather than just taking a low grade? I have 3 things that tend to pop up when projects get turned in. Wrong Thing: Student turns ...
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An exercise in utility

We have an incentive grading scheme for programming labs such that students get 89% for submitting a program that meets the basic requirements of the assignment, if submitted on time. To get the "...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of cumulative vs percentage grading?

There are many ways to grade students. One is to provide a fixed body of student work and then give a percentage grade for assignments, with the overall grade representing the percentage achieved of ...
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How to handle objections to the wording of test questions or answers?

I try to include a wide range of difficulty in the questions on quizzes and tests, from very obvious to quite subtle. The more subtle questions might hinge on a distinction of singular vs plural or ...
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Students can solve programming exercises but not explain their solutions. What to do?

I've seen too many cases when a student has completed a programming exercise (without cheating) but can't say, for example, what type of values a variable contains during program runtime (in case of ...
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Incorporating algorithmic complexity in grading

What are some advantages of incorporating algorithmic complexity in grading tests and assignments given to students? Currently, students in 11th grade at my school are required in tests to write ...
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Testing students on recursion - tracing by hand

After learning recursion in class, students take a test (a few lessons for teaching the subject, and then a test), and are then given a grade. The test is on paper, and I can't change that fact. All ...
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How to make term reports, easy to do (and secondly effective, and accurate)

In my school, we have to produce a report for each pupil each term. These reports have a grade for behaviour, attitude to learning (so far so good), and predicted grade. When I was at University ...
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Is there a compilation of AP CSP scores by curriculum?

The overall distribution of scores for the first AP CSP (Computer Science Principles) exam was recently released, and I'm wondering how much is described there about students' performance when their ...
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How can I automate the grading of programming assignments?

As a TA, the usual workflow for grading programming assignments for an introductory course would be: Some instructors used email as a submission mechanism (yes, really.) So, search for submissions in ...
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Should test cases be made available to students for assessed assignments?

A number of the assignments I've completed during the course of my undergraduate degree have been assessed partially using automated tests. These have never been available to students prior to the ...
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Should CS students be doing their tests on paper?

In some CS courses (especially undergraduate and high school courses) the tests and the final exam are written on paper without the use of a computer. But if the students are in a CS course, shouldn't ...
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Suggestions for encouraging good Coding Practices?

From an instructor perspective (Middle School or High School), Is there a method, or a set of guidelines, for grading early coders' projects that could enhance good coding practices as the students ...
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How to provide individual grades for group project work?

I teach undergraduate programming project courses and have traditionally given the same project grade (about 45% of the semester grade) to everyone on each team, unless a team member's participation ...
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How can I discourage poor design while using automatic grading of submissions?

Automatic grading is great for saving time on marking programming tasks, so there's more time to focus on actual teaching, but I've noticed a few flaws. Since work is essentially marked based on ...
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Designing rubrics for AP Computer Science-style free response questions

When I create questions in the style of the College Board's AP Computer Science Free Response Questions, I always attempt to create authentic rubrics that reflect how such questions would be graded. ...
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Should I have written tests on basic programming skills?

When making more complex programs, it is natural that one needs to run the program to see whether things work and fixing bugs. However, if one makes a lot of mistakes in basic programming, e.g. ...
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What autograding software do folks use for Java code?

Grading currently either takes me a huge amount of time, or gets done in an extremely cursory way. It occurs to me that, if my students were able to submit code into some sort of autotester, they ...