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STAGE: A software tool for automatic grading of testing exercises

Case study paper
: Pape, S.; Flake, J.; Beckmann, A.; Jürjens, J.


Dillon, L. ; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Software Engineering -SIGSOFT-; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
ICSE 2016, 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion. Proceedings : Austin, Texas, May 14 - 22, 2016
New York: ACM Press, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4503-4205-6
ISBN: 978-1-4503-3900-1
International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) <38, 2016, Austin/Tex.>
Fraunhofer ISST ()

We report on an approach and associated tool-support for automatically evaluating and grading exercises in Software Engineering courses, by connecting various third-party tools to the online learning platform Moodle. In the case study presented here, the tool was used in several instances of a lecture course to automatically measure the test coverage criteria wrt. the test cases defined by the students for given Java code. We report on empirical evidence gathered using this case-study (involving more than 250 students), including the results of a survey conducted after the exercises (which yielded positive feedback from the students), as well as a performance evaluation of our tool implementation.