Scaling up Functional Programming Education: Under the Hood of the OCaml MOOC
This article describes the key innovations used in the massive open online course ``Introduction to Functional Programming using OCaml'' that has run since the fall semester of 2015. A fully in-browser development environment with an integrated grader provides an exceptional level of feedback to the learners. A functional library of grading combinators greatly simplifies the notoriously complex task of writing test suites for the exercises, and provides static type-safety guarantees on the tested user code.
Even the error-prone manual process of importing the course content in the learning platform has been replaced by a functional program that describes the course and statically checks its contents. A detailed statistical analysis of the data collected during and after the course assesses the effectiveness of these innovations.
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Leif AndersenNortheastern University, USA, Stephen ChangNortheastern University, USA, Matthias FelleisenNortheastern University, USADOI
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Benjamin CanouOCamlPro, n.n., Roberto Di CosmoInria, France / University of Paris Diderot, France, Grégoire HenryOCamlPro, n.n.DOI