Bradley T. Vander Zanden

Title:Professor
Affiliation:
Office:Min Kao 312
Address:
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • The University of Tennessee
  • 401 Min Kao
  • 1520 Middle Drive
  • Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-8175
Fax: 865-974-4404
Email: bvz@eecs.utk.edu
Vita


Teaching

See my teaching link for courses that I am teaching currently and that I have taught in the past.


My Research

My research focuses on designing instructional technology that improves learning outcomes for students in introductory computer programming and data structure courses. The current project I am involved with is focused on the development of an assessment tool called CodeAssessor that allows instructors to create a program template for students that interweaves instructor code with code to be provided by the student. In addition to the template, the instructor provides scoring rubrics, test cases, and the solution code. The student then fills in the code blocks one at a time, tests the code block, and submits it for grading. The code is run against the instructor's test cases and the student is given feedback about which cases worked and which cases did not work. Ultimately if the student exceeds a number of attempts specified by the instructor, the student is shown the answer. We are also developing a "sandbox" version of CodeAssessor that will let instructors scaffold parts of a problem for in-class activities and have students experiment with variations of code.

Some of the research projects I have previously been involved in include:


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