Web-scale data gathering with BlueJ

Utting, Ian and Brown, Neil C.C. and Kölling, Michael and McCall, Davin and Stevens, Philip (2012) Web-scale data gathering with BlueJ. In: Proceedings of the ninth annual international conference on International computing education research - ICER '12. pp. 1-4. ISBN 978-1-4503-1604-0. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Many investigations of students' initial learning of programming are based on small-scale studies of their interactions with a learning environment. Although this research has led to significant improvements in the understanding of student behaviour (and tool support), it has often been restricted to small numbers of students at single institutions. This paper describes an initiative to instrument the widely-used BlueJ environment to collect data on a much larger scale, and make that data available to Computing Education researchers. The availability of this data has the potential to enable research not previously possible. This paper discusses the type of data that will be gathered, the restrictions placed on identifying students, and mechanisms for associating the data with contextual data gathered outside the scope of the initiative.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: CS1, student behaviour, initial programming, BlueJ, data collection.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Computing Education Group
Depositing User: Neil Brown
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 15:47
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 15:58
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31069 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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