Monday, March 7, 2011

A CSEE&T 2011 Tutorial on Pex4Fun: Teaching and Learning Computer Science via Social Gaming

Time: May 22 Sunday Afternoon Session 2 3:30-5:00 (CSEE&T 2011)

Presenters Nikolai Tillmann (Microsoft Research), Jonathan de Halleux (Microsoft Research), and Tao Xie (North Carolina State University)

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Tutorial Summary

Pex4Fun from Microsoft Research is a web-based serious gaming environment for teaching computer science. Pex4Fun can be used to teach and learn computer programming at many levels, from high school all the way through graduate courses. With Pex4Fun, a student edits code in any browser – with Intellisense – and Pex4Fun executes it and analyzes it in the cloud. Pex4Fun connects teachers, curriculum authors, and students in a unique social experience, tracking and streaming progress updates in real time. In particular, Pex4Fun finds interesting and unexpected input values that help students understand what their code is actually doing. The real fun starts with coding duels where students write code to implement a teacher’s specification. Pex4Fun finds any discrepancies in behavior between the student’s code and the specification.

This tutorial equips participants with skills and knowledge of using Pex4Fun in teaching and learning, such as solving puzzles, solving coding duels, exploring course materials in feature courses, creating and teaching a course, creating and publishing coding duels, and learning advanced topics behind Pex4Fun.

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