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September 23, 2022

CodeGrade Success Story at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

We recently came across this CodeGrade success story from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Thanks to CodeGrade, computer science students at UNLV are performing better in computer programming courses than ever before. Of course, reading this article made our day here at the CodeGrade office and we’d love to share some of their key insights with you.

In this recent post on the UNLV IT News Center, Mark Kasselhut, senior e-learning technology program manager, discusses piloting and adopting CodeGrade in the 2021-22 academic year. In 2021-22 UNLV piloted CodeGrade to a combined 1,100 students. They selected CodeGrade because it met many university requirements, including security, privacy, and accessibility standards. 

Furthermore, Mark adds that “After our initial evaluation of several products, we recommended CodeGrade because it was compatible with many existing IT systems and could be easily integrated into WebCampus.”. CodeGrade has an LTI integration with UNLV’s Instructure Canvas learning environment, which allows members, grades and assignments to be synchronized seamlessly.

Dr. Ed Jorgensen, a computer science professor in the college of engineering at UNLV, initially saw the need for an autograding tool: he and his colleagues would spend countless hours manually grading hundreds of code assignments. Something we see very often at universities without any autograding software in place yet. 

Dr. Ed Jorgensen could have never imagined the impact CodeGrade would have on student performance: “CodeGrade allows us to engage and give feedback to students too, going line by line and making comments,” he said. “With personalized feedback, students are much more likely to learn the concepts and do better on assignments.”

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Some time ago, we also spoke to Ed’s colleague Alex St. Aubin, who mentioned that “CodeGrade has really made our lives easier. The lives of the TAs, the students, the teachers. We can focus more on helping the students and making sure that they’re understanding those concepts and focusing on reinforcing those concepts.” You can read Alex’ case study here!

Over the past year and a half, we have enjoyed working together with UNLV’s team to make sure their teaching and learning experiences were as good as possible. With the positive reception CodeGrade had at UNLV, they are now expanding its use to all undergraduate core classes in the CS program for the current fall semester, which will greatly help UNLV with the influx of students pursuing a CS degree.

UNLV finishes their success story with: “As the computer science industry continues to boom, the need for skilled coders is rapidly growing. With the help of CodeGrade, Jorgensen and his fellow professors can help the next generation of codemasters hone their skills and prepare them for the workforce.”, a quote we can only wholeheartedly agree with. 

Devin Hillenius

Devin Hillenius

Co-founder, Product Expert
Devin is co-founder and Product Expert at CodeGrade. During his studies Computer Science and work as a TA at the University of Amsterdam, he developed CodeGrade together with his co-founders to make their life easier. Devin supports instructors with their programming courses, focusing on both their pedagogical needs and innovative technical possibilities. He also hosts CodeGrade's monthly webinar.

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