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An Approach to Measure Coding Competency Evolution

Toward Learning Analytics
  • Vive KumarEmail author
  • Kinshuk
  • Thamaraiselvi Somasundaram
  • Steve Harris
  • David Boulanger
  • Jeremie Seanosky
  • Geetha Paulmani
  • Karthikeyan Panneerselvam
Chapter
Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)

Abstract

There is a great deal of interest in the area of learning analytics and their use in assessing both student and content success in a digital learning environment. This chapter describes the results of a pilot study that used a combination of software tools and processes to collect the data generated from students taking an introductory C programming course, and their interactions related to specific study activities. This study helps determine whether it is possible to collect enough useful analytics to begin to identify constructive learning practices and strategies that determine competency evolution. We look at the types of learning traces collected through our system and then discuss how the data might be used to provide insight into student, class, or content actions. We then consider how additional analytics may be collected and used to supplement our initial results. The technologies used in this study address requirements of big data learning analytics where the data come from (a) the learner and his/her immediate surroundings; (b) the social network of the learner related to the learning tasks; and (c) the environment that inherently encases learning activities. While the data are used to measure competencies and their evolution over a period of time, the resultant profiles show the evolutionary processes students have adopted in developing specific competencies.

Keywords

Learning analytics Big data Coding Novice programmer 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge funding support from NSERC Canada, Athabasca University, and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute for this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vive Kumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kinshuk
    • 1
  • Thamaraiselvi Somasundaram
    • 2
  • Steve Harris
    • 1
  • David Boulanger
    • 1
  • Jeremie Seanosky
    • 1
  • Geetha Paulmani
    • 1
  • Karthikeyan Panneerselvam
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computing and Information SystemsAthabasca UniversityAthabascaCanada
  2. 2.Madras Institute of TechnologyAnna UniversityChennaiIndia

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