STAGE -- A Software Tool for Automatic Grading of Testing Exercises -- Case Study Paper

Pape, S.; Flake, J.; Beckmann, A. and Jürjens, J.

In Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2016, Austin, TX, USA, May 14-22, 2016 - Companion Volume, pages 491-500, 2016, Acceptance rate: (22+4)/64 = (34.4 + 6.3) %.


We report on an approach and associated tool-support for automatically evaluating and grading exercises in Software Engineering courses, by connecting various third-party tools to the online learning platform Moodle. In the case study presented here, the tool was used in several instances of a lecture course to automatically measure the test coverage criteria wrt. the test cases defined by the students for a given Java code. We report on empirical evidence gathered using this case-study (involving more than 250 students), including the results of a survey conducted after the exercises (which yielded positive feedback from the students), as well as a performance evaluation of our tool implementation.

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