Coderunner is a new question type plugin for Moodle, which allows the teachers to assess the programming skills of the students within their Moodle course. It can be used to assess the program code answers written by the students in a programming course assessment.
Earlier, we covered the functionality of Coderunner plugin in detail here. Now, the plugin is officially released in the Moodle plugins database and you can download your copy of the same through this link. The plugin supports Moodle version from Moodle 2.9 onwards.
The main feature to be noted about the Coderunner questions is that they will always run in an adaptive mode regardless the behavior chosen for the quiz, where students can click a Checkbutton to see if their code passes the tests defined in the question.
The other important point is the ability of plugin to mix programming questions with traditional style questions which provides easy assessment setup for laboratory and classroom examination. This plugin requires the special behavior “adaptive_adapted_for_coderunner” which can be downloaded from – https://moodle.org/plugins/qbehaviour_adaptive_adapted_for_coderunner
The plugin is developed by Richard Lobb, lecturer University of Canterbury, where they are extensively using Moodle and Coderunner from long time. For complete information about its usage and use cases, check out the official website for coderunner plugin here. The plugin is also awarded with the Reviewer’s Choice badge in Moodle plugins directory. The badge is given to particularly useful, well coded or otherwise interesting plugins.
How you are assessing the programming assessments in Moodle course? Have you used the CodeRunner plugin earlier? Do share your views with us in the comments section below.