The significant role of feedback in effectively improving a student's learning process, performance, and enthusiasm for learning is acknowledged by all teachers across the globe. For learning a skill such as computer programming, having a regular and short feedback loop becomes invaluable and often a key factor in the learning process for students. However, educators at universities face many challenges in providing feedback to their students on the submitted code. One major challenge is simply the lack of time to review and analyse individual submissions. In addition to this, various learning management systems (LMS) used at universities are, in general, not very suitable or efficient for providing quick feedback on code, which only further adds to the problem.
Using CodeGrade, teachers finally have the power and flexibility to provide students with individualized code assessment within Blackboard (or Canvas, Brightspace, Moodle and Open edX). CodeGrade, compatible with all programming languages - including C, Java and Python amongst others - provides tools that help automate grading and give instant feedback to students based on fully customizable rubrics and easy-to-setup tests. Every time a student submits, they get instant feedback on their code. They can review this feedback, resolve errors accordingly, and upload their code again as many times as they want to get automatic feedback before the deadline. This process not only increases the feedback loop and the students’ engagement with code but also greatly enhances their learning experience and outcomes.