Basawapatna, A. R., Repenning, A., & Koh, K. H. (2015). Closing the cyberlearning loop: Enabling teachers to formatively assess student programming projects. In Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 12-17). New York: ACM.


Type: Empirical

Purpose: Introduces REACT (Real-time Evaluation and Assessment of Computational Thinking), providing teachers with a dashboard for each student for a given activity, such as those in games and simulations projects.

Findings: REACT, a Cyberlearning system, helped teachers formatively assess their students. It provided target instructions for struggling students. Teachers could assess and assist student learning in stages: creating agents, placing agents in the world, and programming agent behavior. Teachers assisted most with the last. Teacher interviews revealed that teachers accomplished more/got further in the lesson by using REACT, which also supported them in instructional decisions and helped them to better identify student problems.

Recommendations: Teachers want the dashboard to be simplified. Teachers want the Critique System to be a part of the dashboard. They are excited about the possibility of using REACT for summative and student self-assessment in the future and asked that it be carried out.


Sample Size: 134

Participant Type: Teachers and students (6th graders)

Notes: This is 134 student projects.It took place over 4 weekes, with 4 teachers and 6 classes, at 4 different schools in CO.