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Evaluation of Guided-Planning and Assisted-Coding with Task Relevant Dynamic Hinting

Wei Jin, Albert Corbett, Will Lloyd, Lewis Baumstark, Christine Rolka

We describe a programming tutor framework that consists of two configurable components, a guided-planning component and an assisted-coding component that offers task relevant automatically-generated hints on demand to students. We evaluate the effectiveness of the new integrated planning and coding environment by comparing it to three other tutor conditions: planning-only, coding-only, and planning-only interleaved with planning-coding. We conclude that the integrated planning and coding tutor environment is more effective than tutored planning-only activities and that students make more efficient use of tutor feedback in the integrated environment than in the coding only environment.

The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07221-0_40.