SIGCSE 2018: Rita Garcia awarded best Demo!

PhD candidate, Rita Garcia, won best Demonstration at SIGCSE 2018 for her work on “Parsons Problems usage within a MOOC Pedagogy“.

Parsons Problems is an effective Introductory Programming teaching tool that allows students to arrange code to form a functional program, reducing their cognitive load so they can focus on programming concepts. The demonstration showed how Parsons Problems can be used as a pedagogical strategy in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for introductory programming. The Parsons Problems package, js-parsons, available at has been successfully integrated into the University of Adelaide’s edX’s MOOC platform by Rita as a component that can potentially be made available for other edX platforms. Her demonstration presented the educators’ interface and how to add new questions and receive students’ results, along with students’ perspective, including subgoals.

Congratulations, Rita!

View the full abstract here.



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