Recent staff cuts for the Italian university system reduced the teaching manpower, making face-to-face student/teacher interaction all but impossible in large classes (e.g., 100-150 students). On the other hand, new generations of students call for evolved self-learning instruments, and teaching prac-tices need to meet this demand by adopting systems that al-low for short-loop feedback and scalable class management. This paper discusses the adoption of Web-CAT, an open-source computer-assisted teaching software, within the BSc in Computer Engineering at the university of Pisa. We pre-sent in detail the motivations for adopting it, the customiza-tion effort and the expected benefits.

Using Web-CAT to improve the teaching of programming to large university classes

CIMINO, MARIO GIOVANNI COSIMO ANTONIO;LETTIERI, GIUSEPPE;STEA, GIOVANNI
2013

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Recent staff cuts for the Italian university system reduced the teaching manpower, making face-to-face student/teacher interaction all but impossible in large classes (e.g., 100-150 students). On the other hand, new generations of students call for evolved self-learning instruments, and teaching prac-tices need to meet this demand by adopting systems that al-low for short-loop feedback and scalable class management. This paper discusses the adoption of Web-CAT, an open-source computer-assisted teaching software, within the BSc in Computer Engineering at the university of Pisa. We pre-sent in detail the motivations for adopting it, the customiza-tion effort and the expected benefits.
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