Framework to support the assessment of programming languages students’ practical work

Hernández-Figueroa, Z.; Díaz-Roca, M.; Rodríguez-del-Pino, J.C.; Carreras-Riudavets, F.J.
3rd Internacional Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI). ISBN: 978- 84-614-2439-9
Noviembre, 2010.

The framework introduced in this work is designed to offer the lecturers a new tool to develop units testing with the specific aim of supporting the assessment of programming languages students’ practical work. The modules are develop for ada programming language. This tool is specially useful when it is combined with a web platform to manage the work of the students in these subjects. Its main features are the flexibility and ease of use. Consequently, it is really useful to have an homogeneous framework that allows to develop systematically a huge amount of tests.

These tools conform a powerful application which greatly lightens the students work load at the initial stage of programming. During this initial period they will neither have to deal with the complexities of the installation and the configuration of these types of tools, nor with the understanding of multiple options which they present, therefore being able to concentrate on the comprehension of the programming structures and the programming language to be studied. This paper exposes the experience acquired in the creation of software modules that configures a framework to create software unit testing. They have been developed for subjects of programming languages of various official degrees from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.