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INESC TEC participates in two projects to support teaching of computer science

INESC TEC's Centre for Advanced Computing Systems (CRACS) participates in two projects funded by the EU programme Erasmus+, whose objective is to develop new tools that support the teaching of computer science, thus contributing to improve programming knowledge.

24th May 2021

JuezLTI: tool for teaching programming

The JuezLTI project (Automatic assessment of computing exercises using standard LTI) aims to develop a tool to support the teaching of computer science. The JuezLTI tool will allow the automatic evaluation of programming, databases and markup languages exercises, while presenting a set of problems and providing training, focused and adapted to professional and higher education.

The tool will be available at the end of the project, in 2023, targeting programming teachers and students; it is expected to contribute to the teaching and improvement of the academic performance of programming students, allowing them to progress autonomously.

The project will also create a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to train teachers in the use, implementation and development of the JuezLTI tool.

FGPE Plus: using gamification in programming teaching

The main goal of FGPE Plus (Framework for Gamified Programming Education) is to increase the educational potential of the FGPE framework (developed within the scope of a previous Erasmus+ project) during COVID-19 pandemic times. It focuses on favouring its use in popular LMS platforms, improving the experience of its mobile users, providing better support for teachers who try to apply gamification in their own programming courses and extending the base of ready-to-use gamification exercises. The tools developed in this field will improve the students’ learning experience.

The target-group of the proposed project includes programming teachers (mainly from higher education institutions) and students who learn programming (including self-taught). The secondary objective of the project is to promote the use of the FGPE framework in computer teaching ecosystems worldwide. All project results will be available on the Internet, free of charge and under open source licenses.

Partners and funding

JuezLTI project partners:

  • CIFP CARLOS III (leading partner - Spain)
  • INESC TEC, Portugal.
  • Entornos de Formación (Spain)
  • Bursa Il Milli Egitim Mudurlugu (Turkey)
  • Karlstads Universitet (Sweden)

FGPEPlus project partners:

  • Uniwersytet Szczeciński (leading partner - Poland)
  • INESC TEC, Portugal
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Parthenope (Italy)
  • Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania).

The Erasmus+ programme funds both projects, allocating approximately €187K and €246K, respectively.

Researchers Ricardo Queirós, professor at the School of Media Arts and Design (Polytechnic Institute of Porto), and José Paulo Leal, professor at the Faculty of Sciences (University of Porto), are part of the project’s team at CRACS.

The INESC TEC researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with UP-FCUP and P.Porto-ESMAD.