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IT Department conducted a Workshop on CodeRunner: A Tool to Facilitate Active Learning in Programming Courses

Shivashankar Rathinavelan     15-12-2022 10:37:44

Information Technology Department of UTAS - Nizwa, believes in sharing knowledge on different platforms among faculty and staff members. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Duhai Al Shukaili, Head of IT Department, the department has continuously conducted technical and research activities for the staff members through various seminars, workshops, webinars, and training sessions. On 22 Nov 2022, Dr. Duhai Alshukaili conducted a very interesting workshop on CodeRunner: A Tool to Facilitate Active Learning in Programming Courses.
CodeRunner is a free open-source question-type plug-in for Moodle that can run program code submitted by students in answer to a wide range of programming questions in many different languages. It is intended primarily for use in computer programming courses although it can be used to grade any question for which the answer is text. Experienced users can also present with questions formatted in HTML with additional JavaScript; almost any sort of question can be accommodated using this facility.
Dr. Duhai mentioned that CodeRunner is normally used in Moodle's adaptive quiz mode; students paste in their code in answer to each programming question and get to see their test-case results immediately. Then they can correct their code and resubmit, typically for a small penalty.
Dr. Duhai explained how we can use CodeRunner to evaluate coding done by students. He also stressed on peer programming where two or three students could work on the same program when the student who types is called Driver and the other is navigator.
Dr. Duhai concluded by saying that these methodologies could be a part of SCL activities for the students.
The workshop was attended by most of the It staff who also had a hands-on session.
The workshop ended with an interesting feedback taken by Dr. Duhai using ahaslides. Com website.
The vote of thanks was extended by Mrs. Suad Al Riyami, Head of Networking / Internet and E-Security Section.
The workshop was coordinated by Mrs. Sonia Soans, the head of Staff Development Committee, IT Department.