Free Tools to Effortlessly Implement Parsons Problems
Codio has had Parsons problems for our users for a while now, but we think that given their benefits of the same learning as writing or fixing code in less time, and their ability to keep students engaged throughout a course, they should be more widely adopted. However, they are not the easiest to implement.
So Codio has provided a free, open-source graphical Parsons problem creator. By filling out the fields and clicking the generate button, you can quickly and easily create feature-rich Parsons problems.
For a short overview of the interface and to learn how to make the most simple kind of Parsons problems by watching this tutorial:
If you are looking for more complexity, check out the variable check grader and unit test grader which use test cases to validate the student’s constructed solution via functionality as opposed to hard coding.
If you want something a little more unique, you can draw with the Turtle Grader.
You can host your created Parsons problems for free on Github using our template repo. Simply fork the template, set Github pages to your master branch and copy-paste from the generator!
Of course, if you are interested in hosting these Parsons problems inside Codio, you can seamlessly integrate them into instructional material, lab assignments or tests.
Additionally, Codio tracks student performance on assessments and our Learning Insights feature visualizes student progress on Parsons problems as well as our many other auto-graded assessment items.
Elise is Codio's VP of Product & Partnerships. She believes in making quality educational experiences available to everyone. With a BS in Computer Science and a PhD in STEM Education, she has spent the last several years teaching robotics, computer science and engineering. Elise now uses that experience and expertise to shape Codio's product and content.