Software Testing as Medium for Peer Feedback

Leon McGregor, Manuel Maarek

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Peer feedback has been shown to benefit students’ learning as it develops their critical thinking and provides more immediate feedback. It relies on the analysis by students of their peers’ work following structured criteria. We propose to apply the same principle to programming courses but in doing so by using techniques of software evaluation: software testing. Students run tests on their peers’ code and engage in peer feedback discussions on the results of the test runs. In this paper we present a testing-based code peer feedback learning activity, we describe its technical framework and integration with GitLab, and we discuss its deployment in an undergraduate course and initial evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUKICER '20: United Kingdom & Ireland Computing Education Research conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print) 9781450388498
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2020
EventUnited Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research Conference 2020 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sept 20204 Sept 2020


ConferenceUnited Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleUKICER 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • code review education
  • peer feedback
  • programming education
  • software testing
  • testing education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software


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